What are supervised consumption and treatment services?
These are spaces where people can use drugs under the supervision of trained staff in a clean, safe and non-judgmental environment. People are provided with safer drug use equipment and can also receive medical care and referrals to other health and social services.
Given the rise in opioid-related overdoses, supervised consumption and treatment services 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. Learn more.
Where would these services be located?
Community consultations with persons who used drugs, partners and key stakeholders, and the general community confirmed that the location should be centralized, in close proximity to and integrated with other health, social, and harm reduction services.
Following an extensive search, the City has provided funding to establish temporary supervised consumption and treatment services at 24 Energy Court. Once necessary approvals have been granted by the Federal government, these services will be operational and available for use by the community.
What are the next steps?
In summer 2021, Greater Sudbury City Council approved funding to establish temporary supervised consumption and treatment services (SCTS) at 24 Energy Court. With this approval, the Community Drug Strategy (CDS) applied for an exemption to establish and operate an Urgent Public Health Needs Site (UPHNS), while we await full approval for Ministry funding of an ongoing site. As of fall 2021, both the SCTS provincial funding application to the Ontario Ministry of Health as well as the SCTS federal exemption application have been submitted for the permanent site.
In order to receive provincial funding for supervised consumption and treatment services, applicants must demonstrate their proposed service meets federal requirements, as well as additional requirements under Ontario’s Consumption and Treatment Services program. This application for an ongoing site is more extensive than the application for an Urgent Public Health Site.
When might supervised consumption and treatment services be in place in Greater Sudbury?
A timeline is difficult to establish, as there are decisions and approvals that must take place, and the timelines for these decisions varies from community to community.
Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study
The findings of the Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study concluded that the City of Greater Sudbury would benefit from supervised consumption and treatment services and that these services may be a feasible strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury to address the significant and growing health impacts associated with substance use.