There is certainly a growing need for the services, with approximately 40% of IV drug users sometimes requiring assistance in injecting their drug of choice. However, when it comes to actually pushing the plunger; this is a service that legally run sites are unable to provide.
"For four years VANDU quietly offered a safe space, clean supplies, and the watchful eye and occasional assistance of a trained peer support worker (current and former drug users) for an estimated 50-100 injections a day".
Daly stated that "VCH could not support an operation that was not run according to VCH best practices and that might put some clients at risk", and that it could possibly "jeopardize (VCH's) application with InSite (Vancouver's supervised injection facility in the Downtown Eastside) and the Dr. Peter Centre (a residential care and treatment facility for people with HIV/AIDS in the West End)"
"Peer-run models are seen as being unable to make it through the increasingly harsh exemption process, so local health authorities are forced to quash innovative, research-tested services in an environment of considerable unmet need".