Quebec opens door to safe injection sites
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2011 6:41AM EDT
QUEBEC - The Quebec government is giving the green light to new safe injection sites for addicts to shoot up under supervision.
Health Minister Yves Bolduc says he supports the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision to keep the Insite safe injection clinic open in Vancouver.
Bolduc says the ruling removed the last hurdle preventing Quebec from opening similar government-supported centres.
The province is accepting proposals for safe injection sites -- which could open their doors in the coming months in Montreal and Quebec City.
Two organizations have already expressed interest in opening such clinics.
In its decision, the Supreme Court ordered the Conservative government to abandon its effort to close Vancouver's Insite clinic.
The high court also ruled that exemptions must be put in place to protect staff from prosecution for drug possession or trafficking.