City’s Board of Health has approved a recommendation to make the
supervised injection site at 179 Clarence Street permanent.
site, which is run by Ottawa Public Health in partnership with the
Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, began operating in September as an
emergency stop-gap measure. The Sandy Hill CHC did not have its Health
Canada-approved site up and running at the time (it still doesn’t) and
an unsanctioned pop-up site had begun operating in a Lowertown park.
Ottawa Public Health says they’ve seen over 2,700 visits since then and
have 174 regular users. They want to make the site permanent, to be run
by OPH, and to expand the supervised services the site can offer and
will appeal to Health Canada for approval to make that happen.
an email, OPH spokesperson Eric Leclair says a third booth and an
after-care area will be added to the site, and they’ll be expanding the
ways clients can use drugs under supervision.
Health Canada exemption application will be for injection, oral and
intranasal (snorting) consumption,” Leclair says. “It will not cover
smoking substances at this time.”
says OPH will be seeking funding from the Province to aid in this
will be requesting 100% Provincial funding for both capital renovation
costs and ongoing base funding for operations,” he says. “We are
currently working with our partners at the Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care to finalize this submission, which will include the
funding ask. As a reference, the interim SIS is costing approximately
$75,000 a month and we anticipate the costs for the permanent location
to be similar.”
comes as new numbers show a rise
in overdose cases in Ottawa .
Numbers in a report presented to the Board of Health show there were
387 overdose-related hospital visits in 2017, compared to 258 in 2016.
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