Comedian and actor Russell Brand has never been one to shy away from talking about his struggles with drug addiction.
While in Vancouver on his comedy tour this weekend, Brand found the time to visit the city’s supervised injection site, Insite.
He tweeted about the visit, calling co-founder Liz Evans an “inspiration.”
In Vancouver, visited the city’s crown jewell, “insite”. Liz Evans is an inspiration. pic.twitter.com/Py3NQS7FGt
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) August 25, 2013
Insite first opened in 2003, and is North America’s first legal supervised injection site. It is a place where people can inject drugs, but it is also a place where people can connect to health care services.
The facility was in the news earlier this year when a Calgary columnist blamed Insite for Glee actor Cory Monteith’s death. Author Licia Corbella wrote: “It’s unlikely that the 31-year-old would have risked bringing hard drugs across the border from his home in the United States, so it’s safe to assume he may have either picked some up himself or had a gofer do it for him by visiting InSite, the government-sponsored and funded safe injection site at 139 East Hastings. “
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