Supervised consumption services—Understanding the need, assessing the potential

The Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury has marked a significant milestone in understanding the potential role of supervised consumption services in Greater Sudbury by issuing a Request for Quotation for a Research Officer to coordinate a Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study for Supervised Consumption Services.

“The study’s goal is to identify local needs and determine if supervised consumption services would be a potential solution for some of the drug issues in Greater Sudbury,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts and Co-Chair of the Community Drug Strategy.

“As part of the Community Drug Strategy, we need to think broadly about drug use, and supervised consumption services are one avenue to explore, as is being done in other communities,” said Chief Paul Pedersen, Greater Sudbury Police Service, who Co-Chairs the Community Drug Strategy with Dr. Sutcliffe.

“This work builds on last week’s community town hall meeting hosted by Sudbury MPP Jamie West on the opioid crisis,” said Dr. Ariella Zbar, Associate Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts. “The use and harms from opioids and other drugs affect all socioeconomic levels in our community, and this study will help better understand the needs of those who use drugs, the needs of the community, and the next steps to take to address these issues.”

Quick facts

  • People who misuse substances come from all walks of life. Drug use affects everyone and is not limited to certain locations, ethnicities, genders, ages or social classes.
  • In the Public Health Sudbury & Districts service area:
    • Opioid-related deaths have increased from 17 in 2016 to 34 in 2017 (preliminary data).
    • 391 emergency department visits were due to drug-related overdoses (2017).
  • Supervised consumption services are controlled spaces where people can consume drugs under the supervision of trained staff in a clean and safe environment.
  • People who use the services can also receive basic medical care and referrals to other health and social services.
  • Supervised consumption services are legal in Canada with federal government approval.
  • Supervised consumption services DO NOT provide drugs to people.

For more information about the Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study for Supervised Consumption Services in Greater Sudbury, please contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, toll-free 1.866.522.9200, or visit

The Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury represents more than 25 community partners from community agencies including health, social services, education, police, justice, and emergency services. The partnership envisions a community working together to improve the health, safety, and well-being of all individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities in Greater Sudbury by creating a society increasingly free of the range of harms associated with substance misuse.

This item was last modified on November 13, 2018