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SHST

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over these common 
myths to get
the real 

facts

We’re setting the record straight on how Safe Health Site Timmins will benefit our community.

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Scroll through these common myths and get the real facts behind them.

MYTH

FACT

“This site
seems
like a waste
of money.”

In both Canada and the U.S., these sites have proven to reduce ambulance calls and ER visits – saving taxpayer dollars, not spending them.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“This site
won’t make
a difference
to me.”

These sites have demonstrated less drug use in public spaces, less litter in the community, and improved public safety.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“Consumption
sites are just places for people
to get drugs.”

SHST does not supply drugs, and is more than just a safe-use centre. We offer health care services, addiction treatment and social support.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“This site will attract drug users from all over to
our community.”

Most people would only travel up to five blocks to use a safe site. SHST isn’t bringing new people in – just helping people who need it.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“There’s no
such thing
as “safely”
using drugs.”

73% of opioid-related deaths in Ontario occurred with no one there to help. SHST will keep clients safe from overdose.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“Addicts
are criminals.
Why are we
helping them?”

Addiction is a diagnosed medical disorder, like heart disease, and everyone deserves the ability to access care when they need it.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“This site will create more problems in our community than
it will solve.”

The whole community will benefit from a safe, controlled facility that allows people already engaged in high-risk activity to access care.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“These sites
will keep
people addicted
to drugs.”

Beyond preventing overdose deaths, SHST promotes recovery
by connecting people
to treatment and withdrawal-management services.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“This site will
make our community
a target for drug dealers.”

Our larger strategy includes enforcement that specifically addresses drug dealing to keep both clients and the greater community safe.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“Safe injection
sites haven’t worked
in the past.”

Actually, a Canadian site reduced overdoses by 35%, ambulance calls by 67%, ER visits by 26%, and saw 57% of clients enter treatment.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“This injection
site is going to cause COVID-19 outbreaks.”

As a health site, SHST operates with strict infection-control standards, reducing the risk of transmitting disease and infections.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“There’s no
silver bullet
solution to the
drug crisis.”

You don’t need a silver bullet solution to make a positive change. SHST is just one part of a larger strategy that will help save lives.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“This site is
just a bandage solution to a
bigger problem.”

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“This site is
going to bring
more homeless people to my neighbourhood.”

Not everyone who uses drugs is homeless. These sites are often located strategically in areas where overdoses are already happening.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“We should
be opening a treatment centre, not a safe consumption site.”

SHST works to save people’s lives and is only part of the continuum of care for addiction required in a community.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“Nobody I know needs this site.
Why should I support it?”

Almost every person has been impacted by addiction, whether directly or indirectly. Our whole community feels the impact of this crisis.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“Aren’t injection sites just ‘shooting galleries’ for people to use drugs?”

SHST is equipped for individual substance use under observation. It also provides referrals to recovery and treatment.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

MYTH

FACT

“Consumption
sites stop people from entering
‘real’ treatment programs.”

Safe sites are often the first point of access for people who use substances to obtain safe medical treatment and treatment services.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

FACT

Our larger strategy includes enforcement that specifically addresses drug dealing to keep both clients and the greater community safe.

FACT

The whole community will benefit from a safe, controlled facility that allows people already engaged in high-risk activity to access care.

FACT

73% of opioid-related deaths in Ontario occurred with no one there to help. SHST will keep clients safe from overdose.

FACT

Most people would only travel up to five blocks to use a safe site. SHST isn’t bringing new people in – just helping people who need it.

FACT

In both Canada and the U.S., these sites have proven to reduce ambulance calls and ER visits – saving taxpayer dollars, not spending them.

FACT

Addiction is a diagnosed medical disorder, like heart disease, and everyone deserves the ability to access care when they need it.

FACT

Safe sites are often the first point of access for people who use substances to obtain safe medical treatment and treatment services.

FACT

SHST is equipped for individual substance use under observation. It also provides referrals to recovery and treatment.

FACT

Almost every person has been impacted by addiction, whether directly or indirectly. Our whole community feels the impact of this crisis.

FACT

SHST works to save people’s lives and is only part of the continuum of care for addiction required in a community.

FACT

Addiction is a complex issue, and abstinence is not always a realistic solution. SHST focuses on harm reduction to save lives.

FACT

You don’t need a silver bullet solution to make a positive change. SHST is just one part of a larger strategy that will help save lives.

FACT

As a health site, SHST operates with strict infection-control standards, reducing the risk of transmitting disease and infections.

FACT

Actually, a Canadian site reduced overdoses by 35%, ambulance calls by 67%, ER visits by 26%, and saw 57% of clients enter treatment.

FACT

Not everyone who uses drugs is homeless. These sites are often located strategically in areas where overdoses are already happening.

FACT

Beyond preventing overdose deaths, SHST promotes recovery by connecting people to treatment and withdrawal-management services.

FACT

SHST does not supply drugs, and is more than just a safe-use centre. We offer health care services, addiction treatment and social support.

FACT

These sites have demonstrated less drug use in public spaces, less litter in the community, and improved public safety.

LET'S
TALK 
SHST

We’re setting the record straight on how Safe Health Site Timmins will benefit our community.