Mike Sullivan spoke in the House this week against a Conservative bill that would make it more difficult to create harm-reduction and drug injection facilities, often called “safe injection sites”.
Sullivan called Bill C-2 “knee-jerk, mean-spirited, ill-informed, anti-science… propaganda”. He said that “the better path is to create safe places for the darker side that most of us do not see…. [P]roviding a safe place for persons who are addicted to drugs, requiring needles, is ultimately making the rest of Canadians safer. It is a win-win.”
The Conservative bill would require the safe injection sites go through more bureaucracy and consultations with the community. Sullivan said “As a result… more addicts will contract contagious diseases and more addicts will die. The needles will be reused and left in parks and other public places. The crime rates related to drug use will increase.”
There is a harm-reduction site in Weston, where drug users and sex workers can get clean supplies and counselling.