InSite supporters pleased with Quebec's request for supervised injection facility

    VANCOUVER, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Supporters of InSite, Vancouver's
supervised injection facility are pleased to hear about the recent
announcement that Phillipe Couillard, Quebec's Minister of Health has
requested to develop a supervised injection site in Quebec. "We are happy to
hear that Stephen Harper's government is going to consider the Quebec site -
perhaps this is a sign that they are beginning to accept the science behind
harm reduction," said Mark Townsend, Executive Director of the Portland Hotel
Society, the organization that runs North America's only supervised injection
    Directors of InSite are planning to meet with Phillipe Couillard to share
their experiences in Vancouver and to provide him with the scientific research
findings that have found Vancouver' InSite to be a successful and worthwhile
public health facility. "Over 24 scientific research studies, endorsed by more
than 130 medical professionals worldwide have concluded that InSite saves
lives, and is a vital health care facility in the Downtown Eastside of
Vancouver. We will do everything we can to assist Quebec with developing a
supervised injection facility," said Liz Evans, a trained nurse, Executive
Director, and founder of the Portland Hotel Society.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Mark Townsend, PHS Community
Services Society, (604) 720-3050; Nathan Allen, InSite for Community Safety,
(604) 833-0748

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