September 30th marks the two-year anniversary of the historic Insite Supreme Court of Canada decision. We're asking organizations to sign on to an open letter to federal Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, supporting supervised injection sites across Canada and upholding human rights. Please take a moment and go the extra mile for evidence over ideology by asking your organization (where you work, volunteer, advise, etc.) to sign on to this letter.
For this open letter, we partnered with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network to send a strong message to the federal government that supervised injection services are a vital health service that is needed across Canada. We are urging the federal government to respect the human rights of drug users, uphold the abundant scientific evidence that demonstrates that supervised injection services prevent overdose and reduce HIV and hepatitis C transmission, and NOT re-introduce the ill-informed Bill C-65 in the new session of Parliament.
Bill C-65, the so-called Respect for Communities Act, will introduce 26 new barriers for anyone trying to establish a supervised injection site in Canada, be they the provincial government, health care workers, or community groups. This is simply unacceptable and bad policy and must be opposed.
So, please join us in this campaign by taking action today! Sign the letter. Ask your colleagues, friends, and family to sign on as well. Then, why not leverage your voice to get your organization to sign on as well? Together, we can let the government know that we believe evidence is stronger than stigma and ideology.