Insite saves lives

What might a supervised consumption site look like in Ottawa? Take a look at Insite in Vancouver, which has saved hundreds of lives and millions in health care dollars since it opened in 2003.

Learn more about Insite, North America's first supervised consumption facility, on their website.

Let's keep the conversation going

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our screening of "Bevel Up". The movie exposed many of the challenges that people who use drugs face in accessing health and social services, and demonstrated the essential care that outreach nurses provide. A special thank you to our excellent panelists who fielded an array of questions and comments during the lively discussion that followed the movie.

Right now, the conversation about safe consumption sites is at the forefront in Ontario. You can help us keep this conversation going.

Rejection of supervised injection sites in Ottawa too hasty, group says

A local community group said it’s a shame that Mayor Jim Watson and police chief Charles Bordeleau gave “knee-jerk” reactions Wednesday opposing supervised injection sites in Ottawa.

Caleb Chepesiuk, a member of Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites in Ottawa, said he wants to keep the discussion going on whether Ottawa should have such sites, even if Watson and Bordeleau are against them.

Ottawa-based group Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites reacts to the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment

Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites in Ottawa (CSCS) welcomes the final report of the TOSCA study as a critical piece of research looking at potential responses to the issues of substance use in our community. We would first like to thank the researchers and community members in Ottawa and Toronto who put the work into this very important study.

Creation of two drug injection facilities recommended for Ottawa

A team of researchers Wednesday recommended the creation of two supervised injection facilities in Ottawa and three in Toronto.

After what is thought to be the broadest study of its kind, the researchers concluded that such facilities would improve the health and reduce harm among drug users. They could also reduce public drug use and save money for the health system, they said.

CSCS Ottawa selected as a recipient of PROM Fund 2012

We're excited and honoured to be named among the recipients of PROM Fund 2012!

Now in its fifth year, Promdemonium is Ottawa's radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-positive, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom that you never had. Not only that, it's also a fundraiser - which means you can get your dance on while supporting great local community initiatives.

Bevel Up film screening - April 17

We are pleased to announce our next event, a screening of the movie "Bevel Up: Drugs, Users, and Outreach Nursing". The movie will be followed by a panel discussion on the topics of outreach nursing in our community and the need for safer consumption facilities in Ottawa.

Safe is the New Risky

Dr. Mark Tyndall thinks the national capital needs a safe injection site. But championing the cause of harm reduction is proving to be a hard sell.

Do you care whether David Becker lives or dies? Perhaps that isn’t a fair question, considering you don’t even know the guy.

A stern letter to our city officials, composed one day after the INSITE Supreme Court ruling

On October 1st 2011, one day after the Supreme Court delivered their ruling about INSITE, North America's only sanctioned safe injection facility, I wrote a very stern letter to some select city officials (some of which since moved on..). Here it is (*clears throat*):

Dear Mayor Jim Watson and (now former) Chief of the Ottawa Police Vern White,

Supervised Injection Sites and Needle Exchanges: Why harm reduction matters for public health

By Julia Burpee

“Addiction is a really lonely thing. You think you’re basically the only person on the planet … that’s the way I felt,” says Sean LeBlanc, 37, explaining that five years ago he was homeless and injecting heroin every day.

Harm reduction services helped him recover from his addiction, he says. Safe needle exchanges operated out of community health centres and mobile vans, referrals to addictions treatment, community outreach workers and peer support groups are part of the harm reduction public health model.

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