Report on local drug injection site set for new year

published on December 13, 2016 by Gary Rinne in tbnewswatch

The results of a feasibility study into a supervised drug injection facility for Thunder Bay will be made public in February.

The findings were originally scheduled to be released this week, but the parties involved in the study announced a postponement, saying that the report is still being drafted, and more time is needed to interpret the results and consult key stakeholders.

Principal investigator Dr. Thomas Kerr of the University of British Columbia won’t talk about the conclusions at this point, but is willing to discuss what he’s learned about the situation in Thunder Bay after spending time in the community and conducting research.

“There are huge issues related to preventable drug-related harm, and there’s a need for more intervention,” he told

What that intervention might be, Kerr said, “is gonna be really up to people in Thunder Bay and the relevant people working in health who are looking after these issues.”

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