CANADA REFUSES TO CONTINUE SAFE INJECTION SITE
In a just-released press statement (excerpts below) the Canadian government has demonstrated an extraordinary disregard for facts and for common sense. It assesses the Vancouver initiative based on objectives that are not applicable; the site is intended to save lives and reduce morbidity - not cure addiction. Applying the same outcome measures would lead to rejection of all of the the myriad treatments utilized in response to diabetes, cardiac disease, hypertension, etc. - to say nothing of palliative care for the temrinally ill.
Ignored by the Canadian Prime Minister and his team is the scientific evidence that the Vancouver site has in fact achieved its primary objective of saving lives! Government also seems blind to the utter failure - by any and all criteria - of what continues to be the mainstay of its anti-drug strategy: prosecution and incarceration of users. What a tragedy.
News Release September 1, 2006: No new injection sites for addicts
OTTAWA - Initial research has raised new questions that must be
answered before Canada's new government can make an informed decision about the
future of Vancouver's drug injection site or consider requests for any
new injection sites says Federal Health Minister Tony Clement.
"Do safe injection sites contribute to lowering drug use and fighting
addiction? Right now the only thing the research to date has proven
conclusively is drug addicts need more help to get off drugs," Minister
Clement says. "Given the need for more facts, I am unable to approve
the current request to extend the Vancouver site ..."