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POL3160 Lecture Notes - Analog Science Fiction And Fact, Morphine, Insite


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POL3160
Professor
Miriam Levitt

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Briefing Note: Implementation of Safe Injection Sites in Ontario
By: Brandon Diamond
Student #: 5710000
Date: October 18th, 2012
Professor: Miriam Levitt

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Briefing Note: Push for Safe Injection Sites (SIS) in Canada
Before addressing our point of interest regarding the funding of Safe Injection Sites (SIS) in
Ontario, the following is an introduction to SIS taken from the first legally supervised injection
site in North America's website, Insite,
" Since opening its doors in 2003, Insite has been a safe, health-focused place
where people inject drugs and connect to health care services from primary care to
treat disease and infection, to addiction counselling and treatment, to housing and
community supports.
Insite is North America’s first legal supervised injection site. The BC Ministry of
Health Services provides operational funding for Insite through Vancouver Coastal
Health, which operates the facility in conjunction with PHS Community Services
Society.
Insite operates on a harm-reduction model, which means it strives to decrease the
adverse health, social and economic consequences of drug use without requiring
abstinence from drug use."
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Issue:
On the topic of Safe Injection Sites (SIS), many problems and concerns arise not only through
public opinions, but there are major legislative opinions that are tested. Are Safe Injection Sites
worth it? Or are they just making the use of narcotic substances easier for the public? Due to our
"zero tolerance" thought process on drugs, this practice is viewed as encouragement for drug use
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. Unfortunately for Insite, the first legislated SIS mentioned above, and any other related
establishments, they have received enormous backlash concerning the Controlled Drugs and
Substances Act, more importantly Section 56. We will go into more detail concerning Section 56
in our next section, but for now our main concern is to ensure that this Section 56 exemption is
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"Services - InSite - Vancouver Coastal Health." Insite - Supervised Injection Site. Vancouver Coastal Health. Web. 6
Oct. 2012. <http://supervisedinjection.vch.ca/home/>.
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Beirness, Douglas J., Rebecca Jesseman, Rita Notarandrea, Michel Perron. (2008). Harm Reduction: What's In a
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