SUPERVISED CONSUMPTION SERVICES

ARCHES operates a supervised consumption site at our location. The supervised consumption site is designed to reduce the harm associated with using substances. The site allows clients to inject, snort, swallow and smoke drugs they bring to the facility.

Open 24 hours, 7 days/week, 365 days/year

The site includes:

  • A medically supervised consumption room with six injection booths and two supervised inhalation rooms
  • A monitoring space – after consumption, people have a separate space where they are monitored for negative reactions to their drugs.
  • Nursing staff that can respond to overdoses
  • Immediate access to counselling services
  • Referrals to drug treatment, detox, housing, income support, and other services

Individuals are offered:

  • Attention to medical needs that require an immediate response
  • Sterile drug-using equipment
  • Education on safer consumption methods, overdose prevention, and intervention

Rules and Regulations:

  • Persons must be at least 16 years of age to access the Supervised Consumption component of services.
  • Partner and peer assisted injection is prohibited.
  • Time spent in the Drug Consumption Room(s) is limited to 30-45 minutes.
  • Following drug consumption, there is a waiting period of 15 minutes (to observe/monitor for overdose)
  • Selling, providing, sharing, and trading drugs is prohibited on site.
  • Violence against persons or things will not be tolerated under any circumstances.