Supervised injection services in our community - come out to learn more

Over the last 2 months, at meetings, open houses, stakeholder groups and out in the community, we have been working together with Councillor Mike Layton, Queen West-Central Toronto Community Health Centre, Toronto Public Health, and community members to share information, answer questions, address concerns and continue the conversation on the proposal for supervised injection services in our community.

If you haven't had a chance to ask questions or get more information, come out to learn more on Monday June 20 at the Trinity Recreation Centre (155 Crawford Street), 7pm. Councillor Layton and myself will be joined by Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, as well as the Queen West-Central Toronto Community Health Centre to share information, answer questions, and discuss any concerns you may have.

Overdose is a serious public health issue in our City - we have seen a 41% increase in the number of deaths due to overdose in the last ten years.  206 people died of overdose in our City in 2013 - a staggering number. These are our neighbours, members of our communities, our fellow Torontonians. We need a comprehensive public health response that will save lives and make our communities safer.

Working together with our community is a critical part of the process to improve public health.  On March 21, Toronto's Board of Health approved recommendations from Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, to move forward with next steps to introduce supervised injection services in the City of Toronto.  These services are critical both to save lives, by reducing overdose deaths and the transmission of hepatitis C and HIV, and improve community safety, by reducing issues like public injecting and discarded needles.  

One of the three proposed sites seeking to introduce small-scale, integrated, supervised injection services is located at Bathurst and Richmond, on the border of Wards 19 and 20.  Queen West-Central Toronto Community Health Centre has been a member of our community for 45 years, and has been located at its current site at Bathurst and Richmond for over 20.  It is home to many medical offices, counselling services, community programs and harm reduction services.

I hope to see you on June 20 as we continue the conversation.  For more information, click here.