MyInsite, the first legally sanctioned drug injecting facility in North America, is situated in Vancouver, British Columbia’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) neighbourhood at 139 East Hastings Street. In 2000, there were 4700 chronic drug users in the DTES, which has been dubbed the epicentre of a “injection drug epidemic.” The location offers a monitored and health-focused setting for heroin injection drug usage. The clinic does not provide any medications. There are medical professionals on hand to help with mental health issues, addiction therapy, and first aid in the event of an overdose or wound. 7,301 unique users made a total of 175,464 visits to the site in 2017, which amounted to 480 trips per day to injection rooms on average. Due to medical staff intervention, 2,151 overdoses resulted in no fatalities.
Additionally, the website provides a free checking service for users to determine whether their substances contain fentanyl or carfentanil. The BC Ministry of Health committed $1,200,000 to the site’s renovation and $500,000 annually from Health Canada to support operational expenses. Worldwide, Insite is a resource for individuals looking to apply a harm reduction strategy for those who inject drugs. Delegations from several nations, including several U.S. states, Colombia, and Brazil, have visited the facility in recent months and years, according to records. Approximately 95% of drug users who use Insite also inject drugs on the street, according to a health official in British Columbia.