Poll finds support for safe injection site in Prince George
Supervised injection sites would be supported in Prince George, a University of Northern British Columbia class concluded after conducting a public opinion poll last March.
The group of political science students asked residents whether or not supervised injection sites were a good idea.
Of 171 responses, 73 per cent said they supported the idea, 13 per cent did not and nine per cent were unsure. Of those who support the general idea of such a facility, 68 per cent would like to see a supervised injection site in Prince George.
“My classmates and I were actually surprised at some of the results that still overall pointed towards the positive opinion regarding supervised injection sites in Prince George,” said Devon Flynn, the analysis representative. “With these numbers provided through the responses depicting public opinion, we conclude there is significant support for supervised injection sites in the City of Prince George.”
The polling took place March 10 and 11 around the University Hospital of Northern BC, Books and Company, UNBC, and the public library.
“We choose these places because of the high traffic rates on weekends and the diversity of people,” said Marissa Olson, the polling representative. “Although we had hoped to gather more surveys we were pressed for time and did not have the resources that a professional polling agency would. Nevertheless, we were happy with the results.”
Flynn said the results had a margin of error of 10 per cent.
He said they plan on leaving the results open to the public.
“Any future action or policy decision will have to be taken by those policy makers themselves,” he said. “The information is available.”
City councillor Brian Skakun asked the students if they would be interested in presenting the results to council.
“It will give this whole issue a little bit of momentum and there could be some frank discussion with themselves and council at a public meeting,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt for us to receive information publicly ... I think it’s important we can be just sort of be a conduit for the work that this group has done.”
The students have agreed to present the findings but a date has not been set.