Pubdate: Sat, 09 Apr 2016
Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Copyright: 2016 Postmedia Network Inc.
Author: Emile Therien
Page: B7


I have great respect for Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, who has been 
quite vocal in his opposition to safe injection sites. Yet it is 
difficult to establish on what basis he holds such a position. Where 
are the facts? Where is his evidence-based, empirical-evaluation to 
support his position that safe injection sites foster crime and 
destroy neighbourhoods?

Is he suggesting these sites are not proven and effective harm 
reduction programs? If so, where is his evidence? Is his position 
supported by the Ottawa Police Association, the police services 
board, senior officers and other concerned organizations and 
individuals with important interests and constituencies?

If the chief continues to speak against SIS, he should tell us on 
what scientific basis he qualifies as a health care expert with 
expertise in drug addiction. Until then, he should withdraw from this 
very important debate. The issue at hand is health, not politics.

Emile Therien, Ottawa
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