The results of Vancouver’s controversial safe-drug-injection site are in and they are decisive. Insite, which offers clean needles and assistance to hard-drug users, is a remarkable success story. It saves lives, reduces infections and disease, and paves the way the way to detox. Eight thousand people have visited the site since it opened in 2003. The site costs the government about $3 million a year.
So why is the Harper refusing to say whether it will extend the legal exemption under which the site operates beyond June 30?
It would seem Harper’s minister of health, Tony Clement, rejected his own department’s advice and abruptly changed course.
Mr. Clement, by all appearances, does not want more research. He wants research that conforms o the Harper government’s antipathy toward supervised injection facilities and provides the impetus to shut down Insite or at least reject applications for similar facilities elsewhere in Canada.
Should the Harper government extend Vancouver’s supervised drug facility?
Should the government set up other facilities in cities in Canada?
Do you think there is a better way to spend $3 million annually on a drug program?