Work on Sudbury’s temporary supervised consumption site is complete

“I am confident this site will help save lives and reduce the harms of substance use in our community”

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The City of Greater Sudbury has completed renovations to the Energy Court trailers, which will house a temporary site for supervised consumption and treatment services.

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“I am thrilled with how quickly council was able to move this project forward,” Mayor Brian Bigger said in a statement. “Within months, we had a location selected, and staff worked with community partners to ensure the site was safe and secure for customers, residents and surrounding businesses.

“I would like to thank the staff for the time they spent preparing the site for handing over to the partners, who can now take the next steps to help deal with the effects of the opioid crisis in Greater Sudbury. I am confident that this site will help save lives and reduce the harms of substance use in our community. »

In May 2021, City Council voted unanimously in favor of a motion directing staff to exhaust all avenues in order to find a site for these services. The following month, the city council selected the property next to Energy Court as the designated location for a temporary supervised consumption site. In addition, the board unanimously approved funding for the site.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the City of Greater Sudbury. Their collaboration has been essential to ensure the success of this vital priority,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts. “The evidence is clear; these services reduce the spread of infectious diseases and the incidence of fatal overdoses.

“Perhaps most importantly, they ensure a humane and compassionate approach to helping those who use substances, linking people to health and social services. With construction of 24 Energy Court complete, we can now take the final steps toward federal approval.

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Last fall, the city held an engagement session with surrounding businesses to provide feedback on the site plan.

The city then worked to prepare the site, lay the foundations and install trailers. Once this work is complete, Public Health and the Network Access Network can now access the trailers and prepare the space to serve community members, after formal approval from the provincial and federal governments.

Health Canada is responsible for granting exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to operate supervised consumption and treatment services.

“From the initial needs assessment and feasibility study, to group and individual surveys and focus groups, it has been a long road and we have lost many along the way who succumbed to procurement poisoned drugs and lack of support,” said Heidi Eisenhauer. , CEO of the ACCESS Network. “We thank those who use substances and those with lived/living experience who so willingly shared their expertise, trauma, and best approaches to making a difference. These suggestions will certainly be included in best practices as we begin this new journey, together. »

For more information on the work of the Community Drug Strategy and for more details on supervised consumption and treatment services, visit tinyurl.com/r5f75skb.

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