St. Catharines council green lights application for supervised drug injection site

St. Catharines council has unanimously passed a motion in support of an application for a temporary supervised injection site.

The Opioid Prevention and Education Network of Niagara and Positive Living Niagara will be sending the application to the province for approval.

Executive Director of Positive Living Niagara Glen Walker telling council, his group, which already runs a needle exchange program, would be willing to host the site

The Niagara Region's Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Andrea Feller also addressed council about the growing opioid addiction problem in our area.

Dr. Feller says the number of deaths in Niagara from drug use are equal to numbers in the Ottawa region.

She adds the point of the supervised site is to keep people alive until they are ready to accept treatment.