Welcome to Ground Zero: fighting the opioid crisis

The trailer sits nestled against the side of the old brick building next to the Shepherds of Good Hope on 256 King Edward Ave. It will soon become the safe haven that many injection drug users will turn to once the winter rolls around. The site will be the first government sanctioned and supervised injection site in Ottawa. The trailer will remain open 24-7 in hopes to fight the opioid crisis that has been gripping the country for years.  To fight the increase in opioid related overdoses, many organizations have taken it upon themselves to offer services to injection drug users seeking help. Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH) is the group that will be running the supervised injection site on […]

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Safe injection sites about ‘dignity and respect,’ advocates say

Ottawans of all ages marched from Parliament to the Human Rights Monument March 23, holding up signs and chanting slogans to show support for a supervised injection site in the city. The rally, organized by Algonquin College social work students, urged the Ottawa government to support the measure, which would give drug users a safe space to inject drugs with supervision from health-care professionals. The rally brought out students, social workers, and both current and former drug users. They said such a site could save lives. “People are dying in this community, and they need to be recognized right now,” Catherine Hacksel, who spoke at the rally, said. Hacksel graduated from Carleton University in 2013, and is a member of […]

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