Canada: Ottawa Loses Appeal in Supervised Injection Site Case -- Site to Remain Open
January 19, 2010
On Friday, British Columbia's Court of Appeal (COA) upheld a lower court ruling that allowed Vancouver's supervised injection facility, Insite, to continue operations. The Conservative government had appealed the lower court's determination that Insite is a health care facility and therefore under provincial, rather than federal, jurisdiction
"There is tremendous interest in a number of cities around the world based on the fact that not only have we piloted this initiative, but the supervised injection site is the best studied in the world," Montaner said. Since Insite's launch, detox admissions among addicts have climbed 30 percent, he noted. Officials in Montreal, Toronto, Victoria, and San Francisco have discussed creating interventions modeled on Insite, he said.
"While the government respects the court's decision, it is disappointed with the outcome," said David Thomas, a spokesperson for Health Canada, whose government minister initiated the appeal along with the attorney general. Federal officials are reviewing the decision carefully, Thomas said, and the government can still press its appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
01.15.2010; Camille Bains
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