Since 2003, Vancouver East has been home to North America’s first legal supervised injection site for drug users lacking access to health services.
The program is called “Insite,” and provides a safe location for men and women to inject drugs and to receive needed health attention – everything from immediate care for disease and infection, to addiction counselling and mental health treatment.
Libby Davies is an NDP Member of Parliament representing Vancouver East and is her party’s federal spokesperson for Housing and Homelessness and Multiculturalism.
A longtime supporter of drug policy reform – specifically to end criminalization of users – she has been instrumental to Insite’s success since its inception. This contributed to her recognition at the 2007 International Drug Policy Reform Conference for her “outstanding drug policy reform work.”