Pubdate: Sun, 06 Mar 2005
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2005 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Omar van den Berg
Bookmark: (Heroin)
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


Winnipeg Regional Health Authority was a runner-up in the Canadian 
Taxpayers Federation's Teddy awards for the free crack pipe giveaway.

The Dutch give out free heroin and needles to addicts. Since the 
introduction of this program, HIV infections have dropped dramatically 
among IV drug users and break-ins and burglaries dropped 63% (Rotterdam, 
The Hague and Amsterdam).

Sad to see that Canadian Taxpayers Federation's xenophobic ignorance 
targets an initiative to help curb an extremely serious health concern 
which most likely yields tangible results.

Stay in the stone ages, Canada, looks good on you.

Omar van den Berg, Amsterdam

(Just call us Fred and Barney.)
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