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Supporting a Safer Vancouver

Downtown Eastside

Who is IFCS?

InSite For Community Safety is an initiative of the PHS Community Services Society which co-manages InSite, North America's only Supervised Injection Facility, and whose purpose is to act as an umbrella for individuals and groups across the political spectrum who do not usually work together, but are united now to build a comprehensive, made-in-Canada drug strategy.

What is InSite?

Opened on September 21, 2003, InSite is the first and only supervised injection facility in North America. InSite is a clean, safe, supervised environment where users can inject their own drugs off the streets, and connect to addiction, health care and community services. Learn more

Community Support

InSite is supported by a broad range of organizations and individuals including the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health, Premier Gordon Campbell, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, Former Conservative Minister David Emerson, Former Vancouver Police Chief Jamie Graham, Former Vancouver Mayors Sam Sullivan, Senator Larry Campbell  and Phillip Owen, injection drug users, community groups, local businesses, academic institutions and others.

See what they are saying: The Community

The Science

Over the past three years InSite has been subject to rigorous scientific evaluation, producing over 49 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious scientific journals. The scientific data indicates that InSite is conclusively meeting the following objectives:

  • Increasing referrals to health and social programs
  • Reducing overdose fatalities
  • Reducing the transmission of blood-borne infections like HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Reducing injection-related infections
  • Improving public order

Read The Science

In the News

InSite has attracted a lot of positive media attention, including endorsements from the Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail Editorial Boards. Read The News