A novel facility will be opening in Edmonton, Alberta. The Royal Alexandra Hospital will open it second supervised consumption site for patients to do hard substances while at the hospital.

Of the acute-care hospitals in North America, it is the first of its kind. Dr. Hakique Virani in an interview on CBC’s Edmonton Am did not agree that safe injection sites encourage or enable hard drug users.

“At the Royal Alex hospital, if you were to remove everybody who was there because they smoke cigarettes” Virani said, “drink alcohol, eat too much, drive too fast, don’t take their medications properly, don’t wash their hands, don’t get vaccinated, it would be a very, very quiet hospital.”

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney disagreed with some harm reduction methodologies. If elected premier of Alberta, Kenney would not expand the program, e.g. supervised injection site or supervised consumption sites.

Many Boyle-McCauley residents oppose safe injection sites in the neighbourhood. In fact, the Chinatown and Area Business Association called for a judicial review.

“It’s interesting that you hear that from politicians but you don’t hear that from experts,” Virani explained, “That’s not because of political differences, that’s because of a difference in understanding.”

The Royal Alex site will be the second site alongside the Boyle Street Community Services site. There will be more men using the programs than women as there are more men than women substance users.


Riebe, N. (2018, March 28). Edmonton addictions specialist wants stigma taken out of safe consumption sites. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-safe-injection-site-opioid-1.4598086.

Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen


(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.

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