Tories: London’s supervised drug-use site can continue operating

published on August 10, 2018 by Shannon Coulter in The London Free Press

On the campaign trail, Doug Ford said he was “dead against” the kind of supervised drug-use sites that London and other Ontario cities are turning to amid a deadly opioid drug crisis sweeping their streets.

Thursday, with time running out to keep London’s temporary drug overdose-prevention site going, the first in Ontario, the new premier’s health minister said an extension to keep the clinic alive is coming.

But while local public health officials expressed relief, it’s not a certainty yet that the Progressive Conservatives will give their blessing to permanent sites in Ontario, including two proposed for London, where illegal drugs can be injected under supervision as an alternative to overdose deaths and other troubles from addiction.

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