Statement Article from  Health Canada

Statement from the Minister of Health - Health Canada Authorizes Dr. Peter Centre to Operate Second Supervised Consumption Site in Canada

Health Canada has informed Vancouver's Dr. Peter Centre, a world-renowned HIV/AIDS treatment and support facility, that its application to operate a supervised consumption site has been approved. The application to Health Canada was jointly submitted by Vancouver Coastal Health and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.

Supervised consumption sites provide a controlled space where people can bring their own illicit substances to consume under the supervision of health-care professionals, and gain access to other health and social services including treatment. International and Canadian evidence shows that, when properly established and managed, supervised consumption sites have the potential to save lives and improve health without increasing drug use and crime in the surrounding area.

The decision by Health Canada experts was arrived at after a rigorous, evidence-based review that included an assessment of the Centre's application, an inspection of the facility, and the establishment of terms and conditions to protect public health and safety.

To operate the consumption site, the Dr. Peter Centre has been granted an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The Act provides the legislative framework for the control of substances that can alter mental processes and that may produce harm when diverted or misused. Supervised consumption sites require an exemption under the Act to ensure public health and safety requirements are met.

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