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October 4, 2011

Supreme Court of Canada Rules Drug Injection Site Stays Open

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Vancouver’s Insite Drug Injection Clinic can continue to operate, CBC News reports. Insite was founded in 2003 to provide not only sanitary conditions for users while they inject drugs, but also medical supervision for overdoses, clean needles and counseling for rehab. In 2008, government officials sought to close the clinic, claiming the government was facilitating illegal drug use. However, studies have shown that since Insite opened its door, overdose deaths have declined by 35 percent and there’s been a 30 percent increase in detox enrollment. The court ruled “Insite saves lives” and “there has been no discernible negative impact on public safety and health.”

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