What is the Supervised Injection Services Feasibility Study?
The Supervised Injection Services Feasibility Study is being conducted to determine if supervised injection services are needed in Waterloo Region. Supervised Injection Services are being considered because research shows they:
- Prevent fatal overdoses
- Help people access treatment for substance use and other health and social services
- Reduce sharing of needles and the spread of blood-borne infections including HIV and hepatitis C
- Reduce drug use in public area
- Reduce improper disposal of needles in public places
To legally operate a supervised injection services, an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act must be received by the Federal Minister of Health. An application for an exemption must include information to support the need for supervised injection services and how they will be operated.
The purpose of the study is:
- To determine the demand for supervised injection services in Waterloo Region.
- To determine the extent to which supervised injection services are seen as helpful to Waterloo Region by the broader community.
- To uncover any concerns the community may have about supervised injection services being implemented in Waterloo Region.
- To determine the extent to which supervised injection services are judged as suitable, satisfying, or attractive to program deliverers and intended users.
- To determine the extent to which supervised injection services can be integrated within existing harm reduction services in Waterloo Region.
- To determine the extent to which harm reduction services in Waterloo Region can be enhanced to provide supervised injection services.
- To determine potential locations for supervised injection services that are accessible to the intended users and ensure safety for staff, intended users, and neighbourhood residents and business owners.