A report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health will suggest the implementation of safe – injection sites in the city.
A news release says “Supervised injection services are health services that provide a safe, hygienic environment for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under a nurse’s supervision,”
The sites would have nurses or other healthcare staff supervising injections to prevent overdoses and the spread of disease.
Echoing a 2013 Board of Health report recommending the creation of supervised injection sites, the new study reportedly calls for somewhere between three to five facilities in Toronto.
Each would be housed on the grounds of existing facilities for drug users, including needle-exchange programs.
Toronto is joining a list of cities looking into setting up sites, like Montreal and Ottawa.
There are more than 90 safe – injection sites worldwide, but only two currently exist in Canada, both in Vancouver.
The report will be considered at the city’s Board of Health meeting on March 21.