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Supervised-injection sites save lives. End Harper's Bill C-2.

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Supervised-injection sites save lives. End Harper's Bill C-2.

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A growing number of communities across the country want to open life saving supervised-injection sites. [1]

But a mean-spirited law, designed by the Harper Government to stop these sites from operating, still stands in our way.

Earlier this year, health minister Jane Philpott visited Insite, Vancouver’s supervised-injection site.

Minister Philpott said she was “extremely moved” by her visit and praised Insite for saving countless lives. [2]

Minister Philpott’s actions mark a huge shift in federal tone after the Harper government spent years trying to shut Insite down. [3]

But the new federal government has not yet committed to scrapping Bill C - 2. This Harper-era law makes it extremely difficult for new supervised-consumption sites like Insite to operate legally in other communities.

If this law, the so-called “Respect for Communities Act”, is not repealed, people most vulnerable to HIV and Hepatitis C infection and fatal overdose will remain at risk. [4]

You can help prevent this needless harm, but we need to act now.

Minister Philpott and your Member of Parliament need to hear that they have your support to save lives by scrapping Bill C - 2.

Opposition to Bill C-2 is growing; health officials, including BC Health Minister Terry Lake and Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall, have called for an end to the law.

However, despite evidence showing supervised-injection sites and other harm reduction services provide overwhelming benefits, the federal government will be under intense pressure from lobbyists who oppose harm reduction services.

Now it’s up to the public to tell our officials that the public is on the side of repealing Bill C - 2.

Send your message now.

 

More information:
For many years, communities and organizations have been leading the battle to keep Insite open, to establish access to harm reduction services including additional supervised-injection sites, and to fight Bill C-2.

To learn more:
The History of Insite (Portland Hotel Society): https://www.phs.ca/index.php/project/the-history-of-insite/

Insite: evidence, ideology and the fight for harm reduction (Pivot Legal Society): http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/pivotlegal/legacy_url/193/pivotposterinsite.pdf?1345765544

“Insight into Insite” provides a plain-language summary of the research into Vancouver’s supervised injection site (Urban Health Research Initiative, 2010): http://www.cfenet.ubc.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/insight_into_insite.pdf

Sources:
[1,2] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/insite-gets-stamp-of-approval-from-canadas-health-minister/article28332223/

[3] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bill-c-2-could-impede-harm-reduction-sites-advocates-say/article23608197/

[4] http://www.vancourier.com/news/health-authority-plans-for-more-drug-injection-sites-in-vancouver-1.2156612?platform=hootsuite

Photo credit: M-J Milloy, TML Daily Newspaper