It appears most people support the idea of having safe injection sites, as long as it’s not in their neighbourhood.
That’s the finding of a new Environics Research survey, which comes a week before Toronto City Council is to decide on safe injection sites.
The Board of Health recently approved three proposed sites which could be used.
The survey found 68% of Toronto adults are in favour of the idea, which is nearly 10% higher than those living in York, Durham, Halton and Peel regions.
However, just 36% of all GTA residents say they would be okay with a supervised injection site opening near their home.
In Toronto specifically, that number rises to 59%.
Other survey findings:
-71% of residents believe that the proposed Queen West/Bathurst and Queen East/Carlaw sites are appropriate
-63% of residents believe the proposed Victoria Street site location (located near Yonge and Dundas) is appropriate
-71% of Toronto residents agree that supervised injection sites will lead to fewer drug overdose deaths
-55% of Toronto residents agree that supervised injection sites will encourage those struggling with drug addiction to seek treatment to overcome their dependence