Pubdate: Wed, 22 Jun 2005
Source: Revelstoke Times Review (CN BC)
Copyright: 2005 Bowes Publishers
Author: Robert Sharpe


Regarding Tom Fletcher's June 8 op-ed column, safe injection sites
have been shown to reduce the spread of HIV without increasing drug
use. They also serve as a bridge to drug treatment for an especially
hard to reach population. Drug users are not the only beneficiaries.
Look no further than the United States for tragic examples of
anti-drug strategies that are best avoided.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control researchers estimate that 57 percent
of AIDS cases among women and 36 percent of overall AIDS cases in the
U.S. are linked to injection drug use or sex with partners who inject
drugs. This easily preventable public health crisis is a direct result
of zero tolerance laws that restrict access to clean syringes.

Can Canada afford to emulate the harm maximization approach of the
former land of the free and current record holder in citizens

CDC stats can be verified at

Robert Sharpe Policy Analyst 

Common Sense for Drug Policy 

Washington, D.C.
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