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Canadian injection site cut overdose deaths, study says

North America’s only sanctioned site of its kind should become a model


 

Just as Canada’s highest court prepares to hear a lawsuit over the federal government’s attempt to close the Insite safe injection facility in Vancouver, a new study has been published in the prestigious Lancet medical journal showing that Insite—the only sanctioned facility for the injection of illegal drugs—has cut overdose deaths and should be emulated elsewhere. At the site, heroin and cocaine addicts are provided with clean needles and allowed to inject themselves with their own drugs under a nurse’s supervision, then given some time to adjust before leaving. Drug overdose deaths have been cut by 35 per cent in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, which has one of the country’s highest drug addiction rates, the study says. It requires a legal exemption to stay open, and critics say it promotes illegal drug use.

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Canadian injection site cut overdose deaths, study says

  1. The facts show that Insite reduces drug overdose deaths. The facts also show that the crime rate is decreasing, and that tougher punishment does not improve public safety. The facts also show that the mandatory long-form census provides vital information to all sectors of Canadian society.

    The problem is that we have a government that prefers one man's gut instinct to facts.

  2. The facts show that Insite reduces drug overdose deaths. The facts also show that the crime rate is decreasing, and that tougher punishment does not improve public safety. The facts also show that the mandatory long-form census provides vital information to all sectors of Canadian society.

    The problem is that we have a government that prefers one man's gut instinct to facts.

  3. Canada a world leader in harm reduction? We're back on the world stage, baby!

    Now, how do we fix this?

  4. Canada a world leader in harm reduction? We're back on the world stage, baby!

    Now, how do we fix this?

    • Well, if we shut down the program instead of expanding it, we'll be out of danger of being taken seriously on one more international issue. That's clearly the safest course, and will help prove that "governments can't do anything right"!

      • Perhaps if we lock more of them up in jail and pretend there is no problem, we can undue the harm caused by this journal 'The Lancet' and their peer-reviewed research (it just sounds leftist).

  5. Well, if we shut down the program instead of expanding it, we'll be out of danger of being taken seriously on one more international issue. That's clearly the safest course, and will help prove that "governments can't do anything right"!

  6. Perhaps if we lock more of them up in jail and pretend there is no problem, we can undue the harm caused by this journal 'The Lancet' and their peer-reviewed research (it just sounds leftist).

  7. There is far more data out there, much of which the conservative government has attempted to suppress. I guess the real reason for closing the program will never be known as the currently offered rationale is a very poorly thought out rationalization.
    Anyone remember the articles on Harper's plans to build more prisons, can't have these addicts staying crime free… now can he?

  8. There is far more data out there, much of which the conservative government has attempted to suppress. I guess the real reason for closing the program will never be known as the currently offered rationale is a very poorly thought out rationalization.
    Anyone remember the articles on Harper's plans to build more prisons, can't have these addicts staying crime free… now can he?

  9. The choice is really simple when it comes to InSite: either support safe injection sites and risk looking "soft on drugs" to hardliners or allow more people to die in the name of ideology.

  10. The choice is really simple when it comes to InSite: either support safe injection sites and risk looking "soft on drugs" to hardliners or allow more people to die in the name of ideology.

    • 'allow more people to die' is a very gentle way of putting it. What the government is doing, is killing people, since it is pursuing a policy which it knows will result in their needless deaths.

  11. I suppose the research showing that early childhood intervention programs and subsidies for single parent families also work to reduce crime (in the long run) would get a similar reception from the Conservatives. What's important for this wannabe majority is an effective marketing strategy to the block of Canadians most likely to vote (older Canadians); the Tories don't have to even believe what their selling. Staying in power is important, not rational crime control policies.

  12. I suppose the research showing that early childhood intervention programs and subsidies for single parent families also work to reduce crime (in the long run) would get a similar reception from the Conservatives. What's important for this wannabe majority is an effective marketing strategy to the block of Canadians most likely to vote (older Canadians); the Tories don't have to even believe what their selling. Staying in power is important, not rational crime control policies.

  13. 'allow more people to die' is a very gentle way of putting it. What the government is doing, is killing people, since it is pursuing a policy which it knows will result in their needless deaths.

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