Saturday, April 12, 2008

Expert committee releases conclusions to Health Canada on injection site

VANCOUVER — A report to federal Health Minister Tony Clement indicates drug injections at a safe-injection facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside account for less than five per cent of all injections in the notorious neighbourhood.

"This limits the likelihood of significant direct impact from Insite in the Downtown Eastside," the report by an expert advisory committee says.

"However, more than 220,000 clean injections have taken place at Insite and for a population with these characteristics this is a significant achievement."

The expert committee report, released Friday in Ottawa, makes 17 conclusions that cite advantages and disadvantages to the controversial facility.

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