May 2015   Comments

RNs say Bill C-2 will add barriers to supervised injection facilities

CNA and others in the nursing community are disappointed that Bill C-2, the Respect for Communities Act, was recently passed in the House of Commons and is closer to becoming law.

The bill imposes unnecessary and excessive barriers for communities trying to establish supervised injection facilities, they say.

Wanting to channel this frustration into something productive, Marilou Gagnon, RN, as a volunteer with the Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC), launched the Coalition of Nurses and Nursing Students for Supervised Injection Services.

Gagnon says the coalition — which has a social media presence, logo and over 400 members — aims to raise awareness that through supervised injection services, nurses are involved in health promotion, prevention, harm reduction, primary care, relationship building and client-centred care. “Supervised injection services are health-care services,” Gagnon says.

CNA and CANAC have long supported a harm reduction approach, as noted in our 2012 joint position statement. As of press time, CNA staff were working to secure an opportunity to present our position and recommendations to a Senate committee that will review Bill C-2.

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