Supervised Consumption and Treatment Services

Supervised consumption and treatment services, or a supervised consumption site (SCS), is a space where people can use drugs under the supervision of trained staff in a clean, safe, and non-judgmental environment. Individuals can also receive medical care and referrals to other health and social services. People are also provided with take home safer drug use equipment.

Given the rise in opioid-related overdoses, supervised consumption sites and supervised consumption and treatment services (SCTS) have been shown to reduce overdoses, infections, and deaths related to drug use. In other communities, these services have been beneficial in referring clients to essential services like housing and mental health care.

Greater Sudbury’s Supervised Consumption Site

Réseau ACCESS Network operates Greater Sudbury’s supervised consumption site, also known as Minoogawbi, La Place, The Spot. The services are located at 24 Energy Court and offer:

To find out more about these services, including the hours of operation, please visit Réseau ACCESS Network ’s website or call 705.885.0500. Read on to learn about the steps completed in the exploration and establishment of the supervised consumption site in Greater Sudbury.

Pathway to opening the supervised consumption site

In May of 2021, Health Canada granted a federal exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to operate a supervised consumption site at the Réseau ACCESS Network – 24 Energy Court site in Greater Sudbury. The location, close to Sudbury’s downtown core, was chosen due to its central location and proximity to other social and harm reduction services offered in the community. The federal exemption was the final element required to complete the provincial application for a funded supervised consumption and treatment service.

To date, the Community Drug Strategy has accomplished the following necessary steps to implement a supervised consumption site:

Steps in the exploration of supervised consumption services


The INSIGHTS campaign was launched to highlight how supervised consumption and treatment services have been identified as a key initiative to save lives. INSIGHTS is a video series featuring testimonials from experts in our community, who share their perspective on why these services are an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to reducing the harms of substance use in our community.

Listen to our community leaders share their INSIGHTS on supervised consumption and treatment services (SCTS).

Next steps

The Community Drug Strategy continues to collaborate with community partners. In 2022, the City of Greater Sudbury is funding the supervised consumption site. If provincial funding is delayed, alternate funding sources may have to be located.

To receive provincial funding for supervised consumption and treatment services (SCTS), applicants must demonstrate their proposed service meets federal requirements, as well as additional requirements under Ontario’s Consumption and Treatment Services program.

Supervised consumption services: questions and answers


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This item was last modified on January 25, 2023