Windsor City Council has narrowly approved the location of a drug use and treatment site – a space officials and health advocates have been calling for for the past few years as the region grapples with a drug crisis. opioids.
At a one-hour council meeting on Monday, councilors voted 6-5 in favor of setting up the consumption and treatment site at the proposed location of 628 Goyeau Street.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens was among those who voted against the plan, citing concerns about the location’s impact on business.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) can now submit a request to the provincial and federal governments.
Discussion at Monday’s council meeting began with a presentation from WECHU, then councilors heard from more than a dozen delegates, ranging from business owners close to the site to mental health and addictions professionals. .
The health unit began collecting information for a possible site in 2018.
Since then, the opioid crisis has only gotten worse in Windsor-Essex, according to a 372-page document given to council.
Data from the Windsor Essex Community Opioids and Substances Strategy (WECOS) indicates that opioid-related deaths have continued to rise at an “alarming rate” over the past five years, and that the pandemic “n’t only served to exacerbate local opioids and overdoses.” crisis.”