MURRAY RANKIN WELCOMES LONG AWAITED SUPERVISED CONSUMPTION SITE

VICTORIA MP WELCOMES LONG AWAITED SUPERVISED CONSUMPTION SITE


VICTORIA – Murray Rankin, the NDP MP for Victoria, welcomes the announcement today by Health Canada of a permanent consumption facility in downtown Victoria, in the midst of the opioid overdose crisis.  
 
“This facility will save lives,” said Rankin, “After seventy-two opioid-related deaths on Vancouver Island in the first four months of this year, a permanent supervised consumption site in Victoria is long overdue.” 
 
For the last four years Rankin has been pressuring the federal government to provide supervised consumption services for Victoria. He expressed relief that these new services are finally coming to the region.
 
“This crisis is affecting people of all backgrounds, ages and economic status,” said Rankin. “I’m very proud of the community in Victoria and together we were able to get it done.”
 
Rankin applauded the hard work of local officials, agencies, and organizations making up the Supervised Consumption Services Partners’ Project, which worked to open temporary consumption sites to address the overdose crisis while the application for a permanent site was under consideration.  A second application for a permanent 4-booth supervised consumption service at another location is still under review by Health Canada.