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Shooting Up Legally Up North
    #1779001 - 08/04/03 07:17 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Taken from page 21 of the July 7, 2003 issue of TIME magazine;


Shooting Up Legally Up North

The latest step in the Canadian drug war may just be surrender. National health officials last week approved the first legal "safe injection site" in North America. Heroin and cocaine users at the future facility in Vancouver's drug-riddled Downtown Eastside neighborhood, will be able to shoot up under the watchful eye of a nurse and then relax in a "chill-out room" without any interference from the police. A Bush Administration official ripped the initiative as "state-sponsored suicide." But Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell, an ex-drug squad cop who championed the injection site, shoots back: "I think all you have to do is take a look at your prison system and your law enforcement to see if the drug war is being won in the States. It's an unmitigated disaster and they know it, but they can't back out of it."
The program aims to reduce overdoses and intravenously trasmitted viruses. (About 30% of addicts in the area are HIV positive; 90% have hepatitis C.) There will be 12 seats for users, plus a waiting room. Program administrators estimate that 850 injections will take place each day.
They hope that visitors will also utilize in-house counseling services, although they say as few as 2% of clients may seek treatment. "It may not sound like much," says Laurie Dawkins, a spokeswoman for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, "but it's better than none."

-By Kate Novack


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Re: Shooting Up Legally Up North [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #1780880 - 08/05/03 09:32 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

> The latest step in the Canadian drug war may just be surrender.

Letting the people do what they want is a surrender? Now if only the US could pull their heads out of the asses and do the same...


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Re: Shooting Up Legally Up North [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #1785601 - 08/06/03 05:41 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

"I think all you have to do is take a look at your prison system and your law enforcement to see if the drug war is being won in the States. It's an unmitigated disaster and they know it, but they can't back out of it."

That is the best quote I have heard in a while. Hooray for Canada! Sooner or later the US will have to admit the War on Drugs was a complete failure and a huge waste of money and lives.


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