Canadian drug program in court

BBC News

Canada’s Supreme Court will on Thursday begin hearing arguments over the legality of a "safe injection site" for addicts in Vancouver, which the federal government says facilitates drug use.

The founders of the taxpayer-funded site say it provides a form of health care backed by the constitution.

But the government says the facility, Insite, must still close because heroin is a federally banned substance.

The site provides clean needles and sterilised water to drug addicts.

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