Feb 05 2008

CityView: Insite has insight?

Published by at 12:53 pm under Uncategorized

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.

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  1. […] Currents wrote an interesting post today on CityView: Insite has insight?Here’s a quick excerpt 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 t […]

  2. Larry Yatkowskyon 05 Feb 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Parallel universe?

    Insite and Riverview – two beneficial entities helping those in need.
    Each with wrinkles, each with benefits that remove the suffering of the street’s daily reality in which these people exist.

    Mike Mcardall’s piece

    http://www.canada.com/globaltv/bc/microsites/McCardell/index.html
    and recent government revelations of bringing back Riverview serve to remind us that in yet another universe there is a carousel on which government boffins ride the prettiest pony of the day. Swirling up and down they alternatively trample or lift these poor souls as the wheel goes round and round.

  3. jnarveyon 05 Feb 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Pure poetry, Larry. Thanks for the link to McCardell’s article. Cheers.

  4. Raulon 06 Feb 2008 at 9:34 am

    Totally agree with you on this one Jonathon – the first thing a person needs is a roof. Even though I have never been homeless, I do recall how frazzled and stressed I felt the first time I moved to Canada (actually, the second time as well) when I didn’t have anywhere to live. Having a home is one of Maslow’s hierarchy basic needs.

    The only problem is that politicians don’t seem to get it… homelessness = larger issues. They think it’s only a matter of building more social housing. The problem should be analyzed in a holistic manner. And they aren’t doing it.

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