Safe Injection Sites

September 2015 – Will prohibitions on safe injection sites be enforced? How active are police in enforcing drug laws just outside safe injection sites? Just what is the legal regime governing applications to open new safe-injection sites? We explore the law related to safe injection sites in Canada, from the 2011 PHS case at the Supreme Court of Canada to the approval regime established by the Respect for Communities Act to Montreal’s plans to open up four such sites. We speak with Adrienne Smith, Health and Drug Policy lawyer at Vancouver’s Pivot Legal Society. Then we talk to Louis Letellier de St-Just, a lawyer with Cactus Montreal, the group which started North America’s first needle exchange program and is now the driving force behind plans for that city’s safe injection sites.