Last month, many residents were shocked to hear about an unsanctioned “pop-up” supervised injection site operating in a City of Ottawa Park. While neither Ottawa Public Health officials nor myself as Chair of the Board of Health approve of this site, actions are being taken to provide enhanced harm reduction services to those in need.
As you may know, the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC) was already in the process of preparing for an approved supervised injection site to open up later in the fall (approximately late October 2017). In the meantime, OPH has determined that there is an immediate need for harm reduction services and as such, proposed that an interim site be opened through OPH’s Site program at Ottawa’s Sexual Health Clinic (179 Clarence St) with operations commencing as soon as practicable once required approvals are obtained.
The proposed satellite SIS would be available 7 days a week, with hours of operation to be confirmed. Services would be provided by current qualified employees of OPH in accordance with both the requirements of Health Canada, and with applicable policies and procedures of the SHCHC for the SIS.
For more information, OPH has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions page which is available here.
More update will be provided as they come.