Pubdate: Thu, 12 Dec 2002
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Gina Olofson
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


On Dec. 9 the Commons committee on the non-medical use of drugs announced 
that safe injection sites and needle exchange programs should be set up for 
people addicted to drugs. Although controversial, I believe this 
recommendation is long overdue. It is time we started treating people with 
addictions with compassion and concern for their well-being. Studies of the 
safe injection sites set up in Sweden have showed a huge decrease in the 
spread of HIV among addicts, a drastic reduction in crime and overall 
improved quality of life, says Eugene Oscapella of the Canadian Foundation 
for Drug Policy. Further, if safe sites are available they can serve as a 
pathway to recovery if the addict is ready. Many people do not realize the 
shame and guilt attached to addiction. Bravo to this Commons committee for 
their common-sense and humanitarian approach to addiction.

Gina Olofson,

(It certainly will be controversial.) 
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