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Health Canada approves supervised consumption site for Calgary; temporary site opens soon

Last Updated Oct 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm MDT

Registered nurse Sammy Mullally holds a tray of supplies to be used by a drug addict at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday May 11, 2011. Health Canada has approved a supervised consumption site in Victoria to allow people to inject illicit drugs in the presence of medical staff. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CALGARY – Health Canada has approved a safe injection site for opioid drugs in Calgary.

Alberta Health says a temporary site will open soon in the parking area of the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre while a permanent site inside the centre is being constructed.

Alberta Health says patients will also be able to get treatment, including suboxone, methadone, and counselling.

Evidence shows that supervised consumption services save lives, reduce transmission of infections by providing sterile needles and equipment and build safer communities by reducing public substance use and discarded needles.

Last week, Health Canada approved four safe injection sites for Edmonton and one for Lethbridge, and those are expected to open later this year or early next year.

Jessica Holtsbaum of the group Changing the Face of Addiction, called it great news.