Pivot Legal Society acted as a witness on Bill C-2, The Respect for Communities Act, before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.
Supervised injection services are specialized health care facilities where people who inject drugs can access harm reduction services, get connected to other health care services—including detox—and be supported by nurses who are trained to detect the symptoms of narcotic overdose and can treat it. There are over 70 such health care facilities around the globe, but only one in Canada. At Vancouver’s Insite, there were 1418 overdoses between 2004 and 2010 without a single death. Many of these overdoses could have been fatal had they occurred outside the facility. Insite was established in response to a public health emergency. A decade’s worth of research during that time, as well as ample evidence from international facilities have confirmed that supervised injection services are both effective and necessary.