Three Supervised Consumption Sites approved in Montréal, with 13 other sites across Canada under consideration.
New research around fentanyl, methamphetamine and drug checking to be released at the conference convened by Harm Reduction International
Thursday, 20 April, 2017 (Montréal, Canada)--Against the backdrop of pending cannabis legalisation and regulation by the Canadian Federal government, and harm reduction returned as a pillar in Canada’s Drug and Substances Strategy, some 1000 scientists, doctors, public health bureaucrats and drug user activists from around the world will descend on Montréal May 14-17 to participate in the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR17) in Montréal.
The Canadian Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott will speak at the conference opening ceremony on Sunday May 14.
The conference, convened by Harm Reduction International and partnered this edition with the Association des Intervenants en Dépendance du Québec (AIDQ), was first held in Liverpool, United Kingdom 27 years ago and is returning to North America for the first time since it was held in Vancouver in 2006.
“We're delighted to that HR17 is being held in Montréal as Canada begins to adopt a more forward-looking approach to drugs,” said Rick Lines, Executive Director of Harm Reduction International. “The progress being made in Canada is at odds with what is happening in the rest of North America and it is HRI's hope that some of the ground breaking science being delivered at this year's conference plays its part in shifting attitudes amongst decision makers across the region.”
Canada currently has two Supervised Consumption Sites in operation - Insite and the Dr Peter Centre, both located in Vancouver, British Colombia.
“HR17 is a major opportunity for those organisations in Quebec working in drug dependency to interact with their international counterparts on the latest research and methods being used,” said Lisa Massicotte, Director General of AIDQ, who will co-host a pre-conference Francophone Summit on Harm Reduction related to drugs on Saturday May13.