Mayor's statement on new federal legislation regarding supervised injection sites

June 7, 2013 | Safer Communities

“As the Mayor of Vancouver I remain strongly supportive of Insite and the significant positive impact that it has had both in the lives of its users and for our broader community. With over 1.8 million visits in its ten years of operation, Insite has become an indispensable public health resource for thousands of our region’s most vulnerable residents, and a crucial component of our work to tackle addiction with prevention, treatment, and referrals to additional social and health services.

“Vancouver’s supervised injection site was launched after extensive dialogue in the local area and with thorough city-wide debate, and its programming continues to be shaped with ongoing input from nearby residents, businesses, and service organizations.

“Especially in light of the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the program’s proven ability to prevent overdose deaths and the spread of disease, I am strongly opposed to any legislative or regulatory changes which would impede Insite’s successful operations.”

- Mayor Gregor Robertson