Insite is a supervised injection site located in Vancouver. It is the only legal site of its kind in North America. The facility first opened in 2003 as a pilot project based on a harm reduction model.
Grassroots activists in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood were instrumental in the establishing the safe injection facility, and continued to actively defend the initiative in court. Initially operating under a temporary judicial exemption, the site’s legal status was confirmed in a groundbreaking ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2011.
More information on Insite’s current operations can be found here.
Details of this and other public policy advocacy by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) can be found here.