Bars, pubs similar to supervised consumption sites: Vancouver drug-user advocate

published on October 15, 2021 by Ria Renouf in City News

VANCOUVER (CityNews) — A harm reduction and recovery advocate says he’s trying to destigmatize the negative perception of supervised consumption sites by comparing those spaces to bars, pubs, and restaurants.

Guy Felicella is a peer clinical advisor at the BC Centre on Substance Abuse and says when you take the time to really think about it, there isn’t all that much of a difference.

“Supervised consumption sites…you know, North America’s first site was in 2003. When you actually really look at it, they’ve existed for over 100 years. And people have been using them every day in their daily walks of lives, when you go into a bar, into a tavern or a pub.”

The latest statistics on toxic drug deaths in B.C. are from the month of July, where a record-breaking six people died each day. More than 1,200 people in B.C. have died from the poisoned illicit supply since January…

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