Supreme Court of Canada to Hear Federal Appeal of Insite Safe Injection Clinic
June 29, 2010
The Supreme Court of Canada will consider a case involving Vancouver's supervised injection facility Insite, which opened in 2003 under an exclusion from federal drug laws. The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently ruled that provinces, not the federal government, have jurisdiction over health care matters such as Insite. That decision allows Insite to remain in operation without the federal government's approval.
"I'm disappointed because this is a program that has received very widespread independent medical journal support for the outcomes and the efforts they are making on a medical basis to treat some of the most difficult addicts you can imagine," Kevin Falcon, British Columbia's health minister, said after the federal government announced the appeal.
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