Pubdate: Tue, 24 Oct 2017
Source: Edmonton Journal (CN AB)
Copyright: 2017 The Edmonton Journal
Author: P.M. Zupan
Page: A8


Safe injection sites only serve to delay the inevitable downward
spiral of life for addicts.

In the meantime, larger and larger areas of downtown become even more
unlivable as the number of addicts rises. This leads to more
robberies, assaults, murders as addicts commit crimes to support their
lifestyles and dealers fight for market share and territory. We only
have a couple of options: One is to supply addicts with drugs and
supplies under condition they don't commit any crimes. Since they're
addicts, they'd be under our control. A total enablement and surrender
if there ever was one.

Or, more realistically, as a society we need to make some fundamental
changes toward drug treatment. Make detox more available and, once
voluntarily entered, a person cannot leave until the program is complete.

P.M. Zupan, Edmonton
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