Weigh in On A Downtown Barrie Safe Injection Site

Health Unit Sets Up Survey For Public Consultation on Supervised Consumption Sites

The Health Unit wants your take on Supervised Consumption Sites.

In preparation for establishing such a site in Barrie, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has prepared a survey for public input. It is available as of Tuesday morning at smdhu.org/SCS as part of public consultation on the supervised consumption site in downtown Barrie.

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The anonymous survey aims to take the temperature of the community, looking for concerns and suggestions. The Health Unit claims such a safe injection site would help reduce opioid overdoses in the area, and is being proposed with the help of organizations The Gilbert Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

“Supervised consumption sites (SCSs) provide safe space and sterile equipment for individuals to use pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of health care staff. Consumption refers to taking opioids or other drugs by injecting, smoking, snorting or taking them orally.  SCSs provide fundamental services for people who use drugs. SCSs are health care facilities that are part of a full array of harm reduction services”

Canadian Mental Health Association, 2017