Safe Injection Rebranded, Open Saturdays Now

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The safe injection site that opened in Thunder Bay on Simpson Street had much public disappointment when they initially opened due to the proximity of it being so close to Ogden school. What many people failed to understand is that by having the site close to the school, the hope was that people would stop using the school yard to shoot drugs and would head over to the new injection site.

Other people had concerns that the hours and days they were open were not sufficient, as it was regular business hours Monday to Friday. This, too, can be presumed to be focusing their limited resources on deterring drug use in the school yard during school hours.

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Juanita Lawson, CEO of the NorWest Community Health Centre has announced that the safe injection site will now be open on Saturdays and soon, in the new year, expand to Sundays. The project has limited amounts of funding and ideally would be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is likely the long term goal.

The safe injection site is not only used to provide a safe location for drug users to consume their drugs while being monitored by a medical professional but is also used as a way to connect active drugs users with resources to begin a path to sobriety, should they choose to do so. They offer many treatment services and can often fast-track wait times to get into those programs.

It’s easy to understand that in a time of an opioid-crisis, like Thunder Bay and many city’s across the nation are in, preventing as many overdoses and deaths from happening is a crucial service.

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The service has also been rebranded to Path525 and focuses on safe injection, harm reduction and treatment. Having treatment services readily available to drug users is an important cornerstone to addressing the substance abuse issues in Thunder Bay.

Numbers have not been released that show how many overdoses the injection site has dealt with since opening or how many people are using the service.

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One Reply to “Safe Injection Rebranded, Open Saturdays Now”

  1. I M 4 BUT ALSO AGAINST THIS SAFE INJECTION SITE – AFEW MONTHS BACK I CAME ACCROSS A FULL NEDDLE WITH WHO KNOWS WHAT IN IT ON MACENSIE ACCROSS FROM KIDS COUNT – A BLOCK FROM OGDEN SCHOOL – I WAS UNIMPRESSED 4 THIS IS A AREA WITH ALOT OF KIDS – PETS- I TOOK NEDDLE 2 THE SCHOOL EXPRESSING MY CONCERN 4 KIDS LEAVEING SCHOOL – THEY WERE MORE WORRIED IF FOUND ON SCHOOL PROPERTY THAN WHERE A STUDENT WALKS HOME – I WENT 2 CITY HALL – DRUG STATEGY OFFICE NO ONE IN OFFICE OR CAME IN EMPTY 4 HOUR I WAS THERE LEFT NOTE AS 2 WHY I WAS THERE – I WAS ABLE 2 EXPRESS CONCERN 2 LADY IN FRONT OF ELEVATOR WHO WORKS AT CITY HALL . I M NOW PISSED – GO 2 SHELTER HOUSE – EXPLAINE WHAT I FOUND QUESTION HOW MANY MORE LOADED NEDDLES FOUND 2 B FOUND ON OUR STREETS 4 KIDS 2 FIND????? THEY TELL ME I NEED 2 LEAVE AND THEIR STATISTICS SAY – FREE NEDDLES WORKS – I TELL THEM I LIVE IN AREA C DAILY THE DESTRCTION FREE NEDDLES A FAILED LIBERAL PROGRAM – THEY NEED 2 TRY SOMETHING DIFFRENT – THEY COULD N T GET RID OF ME FAST ENOUGH ONCE I SAID WHAT THEY R DOING ISN T WORKING – I NOW JUST WANT 2 REACH OUT AND TOUCH AFEW PEOPLE – SOME TIMES I HAVE VIOLENT TENANCIES – EXPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES 2 ALL KIDS SAFETY – THE ONE PLACE THAT HAD CONCERN 4 THIS B.S . SITUATION I M NOW PART OF WAS THIS SAFE INGECTION SITE AT LEAST THEY R WILLING 2 LISTEN AND TRY A DIFFERENT APPROACH 2 THIS PROBLEM I FELT EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT HAVE LIKED SOME OF WHAT I SAID THEY DO CARE ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND WHATS HAPPENING 2 OUR STREETS . I M WILLING 2 C HOW WELL THIS PROGRAM BENIFITS KIDS AND PEOPLE WANTING HELP – NO FREE NEDDLES THOUGH –

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