Many more now approve of safe injection site in Toronto than 2 years ago

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Many more now approve of safe injection site in Toronto than 2 years ago

Majority now approve, two thirds in downtown

TORONTO March 23rd - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 908 Toronto voters, the majority, well more than half (57%), now approve of a safe injection site for intravenous drug users in downtown Toronto, while just one third disapprove of the idea (32%). About a tenth have no opinion (13%). This stands in contrast to two years ago, when just more than 4-in-10 approved (March, 2014 - 43%). and the same proportion disapproved (43%).

Approval of a safe injection site is common to the youngest (62%), males (57%) rather than females (53%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 69%), in the downtown (66%), among Olivia Chow voters from the last mayoral election (78%) and among the best educated (post grad - 63%). In contrast, in 2014, approval was common to boomers (55 to 64 - 47%) and the very wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 55%).

“It appears that harm reduction is more important to Toronto citizens than enforcement and prohibition, and this may be because of several factors. The opioid crisis has become more critical just in the past year, and has raised awareness of intravenous drug us. In addition, the change in government has been accompanied by a change in attitudes that sees a more caring solution as preferable to a more strict solution to an intractable problem," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.