OTTAWA, May 14, 2018 /CNW/ - Beginning in June 2018, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) willimplement a Prison Needle Exchange Program at one men's and one women's institution as the initial stage of a phased approach to strengthen its ongoing efforts to prevent and manage infectious disease in federal penitentiaries and in the community. The
CSC is engaging with bargaining agents and partners on the implementation of this initiative. A Prison Needle Exchange Program will give federal inmates access to clean needles in an effort to limit the transmission of infectious diseases, such as Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.
CSC will use a model similar to the one currently used for Epipens and diabetic insulin in federal correctional institutions. These programs have proven to be safe and effective. Costs of the program will be absorbed within existing budgets.
The safety and security of staff, the public and inmates are of utmost importance when making decisions about CSC programs and policy.
"In keeping with the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, the Government of Canada is committed to protecting the health and safety of all Canadians, including federal inmates, through continued access to harm reduction and evidence-based health services. We're focused on ensuring that correctional institutions are secure environments conducive to inmate rehabilitation, staff safety and the protection of the public."
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"Correctional Service Canada's Prison Needle Exchange Program is an initiative that will strengthen ongoing efforts to address infectious diseases in federal penitentiaries and in our communities."
Anne Kelly, CSC Interim Commissioner
SOURCE Correctional Services of Canada
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