Pubdate: Thu, 06 Mar 2008
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2008 The Province
Author: Richard Elliott


In its latest annual report, the UN's International Narcotics Control 
Board yet again criticizes Canada for allowing Vancouver's 
safer-injection site. As before, the board's assertions are misguided 
and ignore scientific evidence that this site helps save lives.

The board gets the law wrong in claiming that such facilities breach 
the UN's conventions on illegal drugs. In fact, the UN's own legal 
advisors have concluded that such sites are legal under the treaties.

The INCB keeps showing itself to be dangerously blinkered by ideology 
and out of step with common sense, good science and sound public policy.

Richard Elliott,

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
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