The Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites in Ottawa was formed in response to an ongoing health crisis.
Ottawa has Ontario’s highest rate of new HIV infection among injection drug users. 11% of people who inject drugs in Ottawa are infected with HIV, while 60% have contracted hepatitis C. Someone dies of drug overdose every 10 days in our city — deaths that could be prevented with timely medical intervention.
Supervised consumption sites are public health facilities that offer a safe, hygienic place where people can use their own drugs under medical supervision.
Canada’s first supervised injection site, Insite, has been operating since 2003 in downtown Vancouver. The evidence from Insite – and from over 90 such sites around the world – proves that supervised consumption sites reduce the spread of diseases such as HIV, prevent overdose deaths, and improve access to addiction treatment programs. They have also been shown to encourage cleaner, safer streets by reducing public drug use and drug equipment litter.
Opening supervised drug consumption sites in Ottawa would:
Reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis-C by providing sterile equipment and safe disposal for used needles
Prevent deaths caused by overdose
Decrease public drug use and drug-equipment litter
Provide access to health and social services, such as first aid treatment and addiction recovery programs
Sign the petition to show your support for supervised drug consumption services in Ottawa.
The next meetings of our organizers group will be on:
Sunday March 1st at 2pm, Somerset West Community Health Centre (map)
Tuesday March 17th at 7:30pm, Bluebird Coffee on Dalhousie near St. Patrick (map)
CSCS is a grassroots group of community members who are passionate about creating a healthier Ottawa. We meet on the first Sunday of each month at Somerset West CHC, and the third Tuesday of each month at Bluebird Coffee. If you're interested in getting involved with our campaign to bring supervised injection to Ottawa, please join in!
Join the Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites in Ottawa for a screening of the documentary The House I Live In, which provides an in-depth examination of the effects of the American War on Drugs on the criminal legal system and the people who have been criminalized.
When: Thursday Feb. 5th at 7PM Where: University of Ottawa, FSS 1005
Following the film there will be a panel discussion to provide information about the criminalization of people who use drugs in Ottawa.
Help us spread the word about the need for safer consumption sites in Ottawa. We're looking for volunteers to join us on Saturday December 13 from 11am-2pm to canvass door-to-door in Vanier.
Following the success of our canvassing action in the Carlington neighbourhood last month, we're heading to Ottawa's east end to speak with residents about the benefits of harm reduction in our community. Meet up is at the Second Cup on Beechwood Ave. at Springfield Road at 11am.
Please confirm below if you're able to take part. We hope to see you there!
We're looking for volunteers to join us on Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 16th from 1-4pm to canvass the Carlington/Caldwell neighbourhood, speaking to residents about the benefits of supervised consumption sites.
CSCS Ottawa has had an exciting Fall 2014 so far. Election season offered an opportunity for us to have some great conversations with the municipal candidates and members of our community about the need and support for safer consumption here in Ottawa. While these discussions were encouraging, we know there's still work to be done talking with community members about Ottawa’s need for safer consumption sites.
If you're available to join in, please fill out the form below to let us know. We'll be meeting up at the Second Cup in Westgate Shopping Center at 1pm on both days.
On October 27, cast your ballot for harm reduction in Ottawa by voting for a candidate who supports supervised injection.
CSCS has contacted all of the candidates for city councillor in the 2014 Ottawa municipal elections to find out where they stand on safer consumptions sites. As we receive responses, we'll update this page to indicate which candidates are in support of our campaign, or at least open to a discussion of the issue. If you have information on a candidate not listed below, please contact us.
The next few years will be a critical time for establishing supervised injection services in Ottawa - let's make sure that we have councillors who trust evidence over ideology when it comes to community health.
As the debate over a safe-injection site in Ottawa rages at the municipal level, the battle for drug policy reform was brought to the federal government’s front door recently when demonstrators from across Canada gathered at Parliament Hill on Sept. 30.
The first annual FED UP! rally was organized by Donna May, founder of Jac’s Voice, a foundation devoted to spreading awareness about addiction and mental illness, named after May’s daughter, who died two years ago from a disease related to her addiction.
Are you FED UP with Canadian drug policy? Join us Sept. 30th and make your voice heard!
Each year, September 30th is remembered and celebrated as the anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada's 2011 decision that blocked the federal government's attempt to close Insite, Vancouver's supervised injection site.
This major victory for harm reduction called attention to the need for drug policy reform in Canada, one that is based on science, evidence, and humanity.