For Immediate Release: September 30, 2011
In light of today’s Supreme Court ruling in favour of Insite, COPE is calling for more sites in the city that provide access to treatment, mental health assistance, and safe injection for those in our communities struggling with addiction. COPE is asking the provincial government step up the funding of Insite so that there can be more staff and longer hours for this health service.
“Stephen Harper has once again failed in his attempt to stop our city from supporting and providing for those who are most marginalized in our province. The judicial ruling today clarifies the value of Insite,” commented COPE city councillor Ellen Woodsworth. “This is our city’s work and we will continue to fight for a healthy and whole society for everyone, “added Woodsworth.
There has been more than 40 peer reviewed scientific journals that have confirmed that Insite has been successful in preventing drug overdose death, stopping the spread of HIV and Aids, reducing public disorder, and helping more people access addiction treatment and rehabilitation. Insite has also proven to save tax dollars 4:1, by delivering primary health care at the community level for those in the DTES.