What are supervised consumption services?
These are spaces where people can use drugs under 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.
This study will help us to understand the current needs of people who use drugs, the needs of our community, as well as the impact of drug use in our community. Given the rise in opioid-related overdoses, supervised consumption services have been shown to reduce overdoses, infections, and deaths related to drug use. Learn more.
Where would these services be located?
The participants in the study (i.e., persons who used drugs, partners and key stakeholders, and the general community) shared that the location should be centralized, in close proximity to and integrated with other health, social, and harm reduction services.
Further consultation will be required to confirm the exact location.
What are the next steps?
A letter of acknowledgement is required by the provincial Minister of Health to pursue the application for federal exemption under section 56.1 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Further consultation is required to confirm the location.
In order to receive provincial funding for supervised consumption services, applicants must demonstrate their proposed service meets federal requirements, as well as additional requirements under Ontario’s Consumption and Treatment Services program.
When might supervised consumption 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.