Feb 05 2008
US cities are looking at copying Vancouver’s Insite legal injection facility (CP). On one level, it’s encouraging, but on another, it’s kind of depressing.
This is another contentious issue for Vancouver’s socio-political scene. The health care staff at the facility have undoubtedly saved lives and Insite absolutely deserves to stay open so long as it keeps demonstrating a benefit to the community (eg. reducing open drug use on the street that choked the life out of local businesses, curbing the spread of epidemics, etc).
But Insite is just one part of the solution. Getting vulnerable people off the streets and away from horrific conditions is going to reduce the incentive for people to get high for a moment’s respite.