Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn, a prominent voice for homeless and health-compromised Londoners, is happy to see the arrival of a supervised drug-injection site in London.
Although a supervised injection site is not a permanent recovery for people with addictions, Oudshoorn said it is a way to at least keep them safe while they find take the path to recovery. “We know with addiction, people aren’t just going to get clean today. It’s a journey,” he said.
Oudshoorn’s advocacy towards affordable housing, poverty reduction, equity and harm-reduction strategies with affordable housing has made him a leading voice in the city and across the country.
Oudshoorn is also a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty, which brings together community leaders to work towards positive change in the London community.