Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Insite Toronto?

TORONTO - On the evening of Tuesday September 15th at Toronto City Hall, please join Liz Evans, Executive Director and founder of the PHS Community Services Society which operates Insite, North America's first and only supervised injection facility.

Liz Evans will outline the success of life-saving drug harm reduction measures implemented in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and facilitate discussion on how Toronto can work to reduce drug related harm for individuals and the whole community.

WHO: Liz Evans, Executive Director and Founder of the PHS Community Services Society, who operates Insite, Vancouver's Supervised Injection Site.

WHAT: Discussion on Harm Reduction and building a comprehensive approach to drug addiction.

WHEN: 7 PM, Tuesday September 15th, 2009.

WHERE: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. Committee Room 4.

Despite support from the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police, and the BC Government, as well as evidence outlined in more than 30 academic papers published in peer reviewed scientific journals like the Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Stephen Harper continues to ignore scientists, doctors, nurses and his own Health Canada funded reports - leaving Insite's future uncertain.

This special presentation and discussion is part of a public education effort to build support for evidence based, pragmatic and compassionate initiatives like Insite, which have been scientifically proven to prevent drug overdose deaths, limit spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis, reduce public disorder, and move more people into detox and addiction treatment.

For more information regarding this event please contact Mark Townsend by calling 604-720-3050.

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