"Supervised consumption sites have shown positive results in Canada as well as in other countries," Philpott said in a statement.
"Disease transmission and overdose deaths decrease, and infections, emergency room use and hospital admissions in relation to injection drug use are reduced."
The first North American consumption rooms, also known as supervised injection sites, were established at a clinic in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighborhood in 2003 under a special exemption from federal drug possession and trafficking laws.
Until now it had remained the only facility on the continent where addicts could receive medical supervision as they injected heroin illegally bought on the street.
Ottawa, Toronto and several other Canadian cities are also considering opening their own sites.
Vancouver's Insite clinic serves about 700 drug users a day, according to staff.
In December, faced with soaring fentanyl overdose deaths, the federal government removed legal hurdles to opening new supervised injection sites.
The coroner in westernmost British Columbia, which is at the epicenter of the opioid crisis, reported 914 "apparent illicit drug overdose deaths" in 2016 -- a 79.2 percent year-over-year increase.
Fentanyl-related deaths accounted for two-thirds of the total, it said.
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