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Billythreefeathers
08-27-2017, 09:40 AM
City’s safe injection site sees 36 clients in first week

Meanwhile, an unsanctioned “pop up” safe injection site in Moss Park has no plans to shut down.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/26/citys-safe-injection-site-sees-36-clients-in-first-week.html

It’s been nearly one week since Toronto opened its first city-run site for people to use illegal intravenous drugs and so far three dozen people have used the controversial service.

“We are thrilled to be offering this life-saving service to the community,” Dr. Rita Shahin, Toronto Public Health’s associate medical officer of health, said Saturday.

“The very first client that we had when we opened our doors, to us, represents a potential life that we may have saved. We had 36 visits in just five days, which . . . represents a great success. We look forward to more people becoming aware of the service and helping more people in our community.”

The temporary clinic, located at Victoria and Dundas Sts. in a building that already houses The Works needle-exchange program, has been open since Monday.

In a plain clinical room, up to three people at a time can inject pre-obtained drugs with clean needles. Staff — two trained nurses, two counselors and a manager — can keep an eye on up to nine drug users per hour and hope each will stay at least 15 minutes for rest and observation and signs of overdose.

The site is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

City staff did not deal with any overdoses this week at the temporary site, Shahin said. Nor was there need to administer Naloxone, an antidote for the powerful opioid fentanyl, a drug responsible for a growing number of overdose-related deaths.

Health Canada had previously approved three larger permanent safe injection sites for Toronto: one in the building where the temporary site is now located, as well as one in South Riverdale and one in Parkdale. They were expected to open this fall.

But after local harm reduction advocates, concerned about an increasing number of overdoses, many of which are apparently related to the highly toxic painkiller fentanyl, opened their own unsanctioned “pop up” safe injection site in a tent in Moss Park, the city pushed ahead with its temporary site.

That “pop up” site in Moss Park has been operating for two weeks, from 4 to 10 p.m. daily. About 20 to 25 people inject on site each day and an additional 20 people smoking crack or methamphetamine, Nick Boyce, a volunteer at the site, said on Saturday.

The Moss Park site has stopped or reversed 12 overdoses, and volunteers (80 in total, 25 of them medically trained) have closely monitored many more at risk people, according to Boyce. “These are all people who would have died, ended up in emergency costing thousands of dollars, or would have been prone to assault.”

Boyce said some of the same people come every day and there are no plans for the “pop up,” funded by donations from a Go FundMe page, to shut down now that the city site is up and running. In fact, Boyce said organizers of the Moss Park site are exploring implementing a program for people to check their drugs for fentanyl.

For some people, the downtown city-run site may be too far for them to travel, Boyce said. And for others, who are used to injecting in alleyways, they feel more comfortable in the tent in the park rather than the more sterile clinic-like environment, he added.

Toronto Police have so far allowed the unsanctioned site to operate. Last week, a department spokesperson, Mark Pugash, said police have met with the organizers and agreed on “a number of conditions which we think go a long ways towards minimizing risks to public safety.”

“We’ll continue to operate on a day-by-day basis, but we have no plans to change our position,” Pugash said.

Police in Ottawa are also monitoring an unsanctioned safe injection site that opened Friday.

As for the city-run site, which has had fewer visitors in its first week than the Moss Park “pop up,” Shahin said that because the site opened so quickly there wasn’t a lot of time or opportunity to promote the service.

“Over the coming weeks we will be conducting street outreach to notify more people of the service,” she said.

“We . . . remain optimistic that, with more time, more people in need will become aware of this vital health service and use it. The more people that use it, the more potential we have for people to avoid injecting alone and to potentially save lives.”

Shahin said staff have been debriefing at the end of each shift, sharing lessons learned among themselves and with colleagues in other Canadian cities and abroad.

Safe injection sites currently operate in Montreal and in B.C. cities of Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna and Kamloops, with other cities including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton planning or considering them.

Billythreefeathers
08-27-2017, 09:40 AM
thank you for enabling a deadly life style.

drug addict need to feed his habit,, commits all sorts of petty crimes, B&Es, making the nabourhood unsafe.

sells stolen property to other criminals, gets his drugs, goes to a safe space to do his drugs

REPEAT until he/she hits the OD, cost the system lots of money that should be being spent on tax payers not drug addicts

Forbes/Hutton
08-27-2017, 09:51 AM
For those not in the city, the spot chosen is across from Dundas Square, an open area that the city thinks is Toronto's Tine's Square. It's meant for free concerts, public gatherings (the 4-20 potheads gather there, among others), art shows, festivals, etc. The injection site is also basically just inside the south end of the Ryerson university campus. As Rye High is second only to York in the production of snowflakes this will end up producing some interesting interactions between the snowflakes and the druggies. Perhaps even Wendy will want a CCW after being accosted a couple of time... the entrance to the building she works in is about 100 yards to the west of the newest city sponsored and approved crime zone.

Zinilin
08-27-2017, 10:07 AM
... Perhaps even Wendy will want a CCW after being accosted a couple of time... .

I would actually be a bit surprised if she did not already have one.
She is a member of the hypocrisy class and has received threats against her person (using the word person loosely).

sltoronto
08-27-2017, 10:08 AM
I guess Lefties would want 36 millions clients there ...

One thing they forget - how will they pay for all the services they and their clients consume when everybody becomes their clients?
Or do they count that some people will remain Righties just for the joy to keep them up?

Billythreefeathers
08-27-2017, 10:08 AM
Perhaps even Wendy will want a CCW after being accosted a couple of time... the entrance to the building she works in is about 100 yards to the west of the newest city sponsored and approved crime zone.

Karma,, it love it

killer kane
08-27-2017, 10:57 AM
Wendy unarmed and pestered by scumbag junkie thieves and muggers, hungry for their next fix in their new safe place, on hopefully a daily basis...... Dare to dream!:evil1:

Forbes/Hutton
08-27-2017, 11:13 AM
Perhaps even Wendy will want a CCW after being accosted a couple of time... the entrance to the building she works in is about 100 yards to the west of the newest city sponsored and approved crime zone.

Karma,, it love it


Wendy unarmed and pestered by scumbag junkie thieves and muggers, hungry for their next fix in their new safe place, on hopefully a daily basis...... Dare to dream!:evil1:

That's why I posted the info. I figured people here would like to see lefties causing other lefties grief and actually understand how stupid their location is (without even getting into the stupidity of the whole thing). Fentanyl isn't adding itself to other drugs, someone in the dealer chain is adding it and at this point they are aware that the fentanyl is killing off their customers. The RCMP, local forces and CBSA should be going full out to start tracing this stuff back up the chain, and start bringing manslaughter or reckless endangerment charges. along with the drug charges, against anyone found with the stuff. The current response will do nothing but allow the problem to grow.

FALover
08-27-2017, 04:31 PM
I would have thought city halls clowncil chambers would be ideal. Many of it's current inhabitants must be on drugs to come up with this and other lame ideas.

speedloader
08-27-2017, 07:57 PM
thank you for enabling a deadly life style.

drug addict need to feed his habit,, commits all sorts of petty crimes, B&Es, making the nabourhood unsafe.

sells stolen property to other criminals, gets his drugs, goes to a safe space to do his drugs

REPEAT until he/she hits the OD, cost the system lots of money that should be being spent on tax payers not drug addicts

so now we encourage being a junkie waste of skin instead of helping to get people off the stuff
this is gotta be the best idea ever ........ why don't we just give them a revolver with one bullet in it
and provide the table and chair .....oh yeah the Russians already thought of that betcha its alot cheaper on the health care system though
and since we working stiffs get to pay for all this one way or another I vote for the second option

Waterloomike
08-27-2017, 08:07 PM
So the people have to be responsible for paying for where they hit up and for paying for their prison keep.

This makes as much sense as the "irregular border crossing" being manned by tulip guards and the forces.

The country is run by idiots and we just go along as if that's normal.

Oh wait...................

speedloader
08-27-2017, 09:17 PM
The country is run by idiots and we just go along as if that's normal.

complete idiots I might add...