Impact of Supervised Consumption Sites Report
Today, the provincial government released their socio-economic review of supervised consumption sites. Many Calgarians, particularly within the Beltline where our city’s only supervised consumption site is located, had been anticipating this report.
I want to thank the committee and the province for their work—I appreciate their dedication to addressing this complex issue and I’m supportive of some of the report’s considerations.
Ultimately, this report validates a number of issues that we identified in January 2019 and responded to with the notice of motion, “Responding to Public Safety Issues at Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre’s SCS Facility”.
Needle debris has continued to be a problem. The addition of a Beltline-specific Downtown Outreach Addiction Partnership (DOAP) Team Needle Response has been helpful and residents have consistently praised the DOAP Team’s invaluable work.
Last year, we saw a sharp increase in crime around the supervised consumption site. We have been working with community partners and cps to respond with city resources. The provincial budget cuts to police funding will only make this challenge more difficult. This report supports the value of a strong police presence in our downtown. Police need more resources to ensure neighbourhood safety.
Although the report makes no recommendations, it suggests consideration of a shift to recovery-oriented addiction management as well as consistencies in service throughout the supervised consumption sites. The need to respond to increased methamphetamine use is critical.
We believe that harm reduction can only be successful in a four-pillar strategy: prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and enforcement. We continue to work hard to save lives, help people get better, and keep the community safe.
Categories: Community, Councillor’s initiatives, Police, Safety