Pubdate: Wed, 13 Dec 2006
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Times Colonist
Author: Keith Martin


Re: "Injection site boosts drug use: RCMP," Dec 11.

The statements by the RCMP that Vancouver's Insite safe-injection 
site boosts drug use appear to be based on opinion rather than fact.

Insite's activities have been rigorously and scientifically assessed. 
In fact this scientific component was a condition of its existence.

The evidence surrounding this program is unassailable. The outcomes 
have been published in several of the world's best medical journals, 
including the Lancet. They clearly show that Insite produced a higher 
incidence of detox among its users, saved millions of dollars in 
costs to our health system, saved lives and reduced crime, especially 
car theft and break-ins.

Vancouver police, Premier Gordon Campbell, Vancouver Mayor Sam 
Sullivan and the physicians who work in the field of addictions are 
very supportive of the site as they see the positive impact it is 
having every day.

If the RCMP has scientifically assessed the program then they should 
release their findings and methodologies. If their report is based on 
opinion then they should say so.

The fact is the "war on drugs" has failed. We need to view those with 
addictions as having a medical problem, not a judicial problem, and 
treat them with humanity through our health-care system, not through our jails.

Keith Martin,

Member of Parliament,

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