Barrie Split on Downtown Supervised Consumption Site

Community Consultation Survey Shows Support Split

Barrie is hot and cold on a supervised consumption site.

The powers that be have released the results of public consultation on the subject, and say of the over 2,000 people who participated in the process, 49.2% believe such a site would be helpful in Barrie.

The participants say the site would reduce public drug use, risk of injury, and used needles on the streets, among other factors.

Of those opposed, concerns include the opposite, that a supervised consumption site would encourage more drug use, and more use within the neighbourhood. Safety of community ranked among concerns too.

The survey didn’t just focus on pros and cons, but also touched on how to mitigate any issues through preventative strategies. About 40 per cent of respondents said services offered need to be evaluated to make sure what is and is not working, and share that information with the public.

The results from the community consultations were used to develop mitigation strategies which will be included in the application to the province. The application is being made through partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the local Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Gilbert Centre.