By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

According to the Sudbury, the safe injection sites will begin to fall within the orbit of the provincial and the federal governments in Canada. Municipalities are unable to construct one from municipal tax dollars.

The federal government, based on the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, will be granting an exemption. This is said to be in compliance with Bill C-2. The bill states that the safe injection site will meet a proscribed set of requirements and then the exemption can be granted.

Evidence exists in support Insite. Insite is the first legal site. It operates  out of Vancouver. It has reduced the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV/AID. It is part of harm reduction methodology in practice and, therefore, in alignment with the professional research paying dividends for the health and well-being of those in need.

The city of Vancouver works from its four pillars of harm reduction drug policy. These are harm reduction, prevention, treatment, and enforcement. Within these measures, we can see the help towards the reduction in harm for those in deep need in society, often forgotten and marginalized – and demonized, stigmatized, and eventually traumatized.

The responsibility lies with the design of policies, practices, and norms of culture in order to reduce the level of the harms for those individuals who happen to go through the horrid experience of overdose or possible death due to overdose. It becomes particularly pertinent and prudent to support these initiatives in the light of the fentanyl overdose crisis with thousands Canadian citizens’ deaths linked to them.

The responsibility for the implementation of these initiatives should come from the federal and provincial governments, and will; furthermore, the municipalities have been given these duties and obligations within any support in funding. It becomes more work with the same amount of resources.

This makes for the burden to be placed on the property owners in the regions and areas ravaged by the consequences of drug abuse or misuse. Insite costs $3 million per annum to operate.

Melanson in the publication states, “We already have the burden of more provincial and federal programs; the costs of which are being carried by homeowners, with fixed incomes, who are barely able to afford to stay in their homes as it is. To deliberately add to that burden, would be to effectively push financially vulnerable seniors and others past the financial tipping point, and result in their having to sell their homes.”

He called for the mayor to reduce the tax burden on the property owners. The Ontario Ministry of Health is working to review  the safe injection sites. With the review cleared, the Greater Sudbury Council can then construct informed decisions and policies for the improvement of the health of the area.

Photo by Gabriel Jimenez on Unsplash

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:

He published in American Enterprise InstituteAnnaborgiaConatus NewsEarth Skin & EdenFresh Start Recovery CentreGordon Neighbourhood HouseHuffington PostIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based JournalJolly DragonsKwantlen Polytechnic University Psychology DepartmentLa Petite MortLearning Analytics Research GroupLifespan Cognition Psychology LabLost in SamaraMarijuana Party of CanadaMomMandyNoesis: The Journal of the Mega SocietyPiece of MindProduction ModeSynapseTeenFinancialThe PeakThe UbysseyThe Voice MagazineTransformative DialoguesTreasure Box KidsTrusted Clothes.

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