International AIDS Society

Engagement Tour

Insite Visit

On Sunday 19th July, 20 delegates will have an opportunity to visit Insite, North America’s first legal supervised injection site. The visit will take place between 8.30am and 10.30am and can accommodate up to 20 delegates. The visit is open to conference delegates at no cost and transportation is provided.

The meeting point for the tour is at main the entrance of the Vancouver Convention Centre. Delegates who register to participate should assemble at the pick-up point 10 minutes prior to departure.

Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.

About Insite

Insite is North America’s first legal supervised injection site. Since opening its doors in the fall of 2003, Insite has been a safe, health-focused place where people inject drugs and connect to health care and housing services. Insite works closely with several related projects to offer a range of services from primary care to treat disease and infection, to addiction counselling and treatment, to housing and community supports.

At Insite, there is a front line team of nurses, mental health workers and peer support workers available to meet the challenging health care needs of clients. Insite staff also connect clients to community resources such as housing, addictions treatment (in the same building), and other supportive services.

Insite was not designed to be a stand-alone facility. It is part of a continuum of care for people with addiction, mental illness and HIV. The building is composed of: 

  • INSITE – There are 12 injection booths where clients inject pre-obtained illicit drugs under the supervision of nurses and health care staff. Insite also supplies clean injection equipment such as syringes, cookers, filters, water and tourniquets. If an overdose occurs, the team, led by a nurse, is available to intervene immediately.
  • ONSITE - When clients, usually Insite users, are ready to access withdrawal management, they can be accommodated at Onsite.  On the second floor of the same building people have access to 12 rooms with private bathrooms where they can detox.  Mental health workers, counsellors, nurses and doctors work together to help people stabilize and plan their next steps.
  • RECOVERY HOUSE – Afterwards, if needed, people can then move up to the 3rd floor transitional recovery housing for further stabilization and connection to community support, treatment programmes and housing.