Canada's Doctors Welcome Supreme Court Ruling on Insite

OTTAWA, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) welcomed today the unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada allowing Vancouver's supervised drug injection facility, Insite, to continue to operate.

"We're very pleased that the Supreme Court ruled in favour of allowing Insite to continue to carry out its work," said CMA President Dr. John Haggie. "While for some this is an ideological issue, for physicians it's about the autonomy to make medical decisions based on evidence, and the evidence shows that supervised injection reduces the spread of infectious diseases and the incidence of overdose and death."

The CMA was one of 10 interveners in an appeal to the Supreme Court by the Government of Canada to overturn lower court decisions allowing Insite to operate. The CMA has long supported harm reduction tools in the management of substance addiction. It recommends that such tools, including supervised injection sites, be included in a national drug strategy.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, CMA's mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care. The CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing over 74,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 51 national medical organizations.

SOURCE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

For further information:

Lucie Boileau
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Medical Association
lucie.boileau@cma.ca
Tel: 800-663-7336 / 613-731-8610, ext. 1266
Cell: 613-447-0866

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