Pubdate: Fri, 08 Nov 2002
Source: Vancouver Sun (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 The Vancouver Sun
Author: Diane Campbell


Is it not extremely interesting that those who do not support 
safe-injection sites are the ones who have actually lived the life of an 
addict (Experts and others in the field weigh in on the proposed 
safe-injection site, Nov. 5)?

It makes me sick when I hear the academia-driven spout off their data 
collection of research and evidence. What on earth is Perry Kendall, chief 
medical officer for B.C., thinking when he says there is no evidence that 
supervised injection sites encourage drug use? What an asinine comment.

I think it is fairly clear that giving addicts a safe site in which to use 
illegal drugs encourages and enables their drug use.

The only solution is to give individuals a choice: treatment or jail. I 
will gladly support increased taxes to put people in jail should they 
refuse to make a positive change in their life.

Although this may sound like a Band-Aid solution and knee-jerk reaction, we 
need to start somewhere. Enough of the liberal warm and fuzzies. Most of 
these addicts want to get off the drugs. Once their backs are up against 
the wall and they realize there is nowhere else to go, they may find 
themselves unexpectedly receptive to treatment and support.

Diane Campbell

North Vancouver
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