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Canada: Fear Obstacle to Safe Injection Sites

April 24, 2012

At the recent 21st annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research, experts said fear of drug users is to blame for the lack of a supervised injection site in downtown Montreal. In September, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Insite, Vancouver's injection site, could not be closed because doing so would jeopardize the health of its clients. Montreal's public health department released a study in December calling for three sites and a mobile unit there. Yves Bolduc, Quebec's health minister, has registered his support of the plan, while University of Toronto researchers have recommended two sites in Ottawa and three in Toronto. Gerald Tremblay, Montreal's mayor, has said any injection site must be located in an existing medical facility outside downtown.

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Adapted from:
Edmonton Journal
04.20.2012; Postmedia News, Montreal Gazette


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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