Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 574
  • November 14, 2018 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Speaker: Jamie Robertson, PhD (c), Department of Philosophy, York University, Clinical and Organizational Ethics Fellow, Centre for Clinical Ethics

The prevalence of safe injections sites in Canada has increased significantly in recent years to the point where at least one such site is planned for, or has already been established in, most of Canada’s major (and many mid-sized) cities. The narrative that accompanies these sites is that they are an emergency measure for avoiding harm in response to a crisis of overdose deaths. This way of describing the value of safe injection sites suggests that they are only morally defensible because of these exceptional circumstances, and leaves unquestioned critics’ doubts about their broader moral licence. Because of the limitations of the crisis harm-reduction narrative, defenders of safe injection sites now and in the future need to show that they can meet a more ambitious standard of moral justification. I will argue that there is good reason to think that safe injection sites can meet such a standard. I will demonstrate this by considering the promise of safe injection sites as it relates to their users’ autonomy.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration required. It will also be webcast.