Pubdate: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 Source: National Post (Canada) Copyright: 2011 Canwest Publishing Inc. Contact: http://drugsense.org/url/wEtbT4yU Website: http://www.nationalpost.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/286 Author: Dr. Julio Montaner, Director, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver. Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n361/a01.html SMELL OF GANG IN OUR BUS SHELTERS Re: A Smarter War On Drugs, editorial, June 3; Vancouver Drug Deaths on the Rise, letter to the editor, June 13. The Post's editorial board has done an admirable job noting the failures of the so-called "war on drugs." Unfortunately, some drug enforcement advocates skew the facts regarding alternatives, including the positive impacts of Vancouver's supervised injecting facility. Reports published by independent scientific groups from the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University have all demonstrated that the program saves tax dollars by reducing HIV infections and other harms. The statistics presented in the June 13 letter from the Drug Prevention Network included suicides, alcohol-related overdoses and other fatalities that are not related to the supervised injecting facility. A recent study published in the Lancet medical journal demonstrated that overdose deaths due to drug injecting near Insite are down dramatically. Sadly, critics ignore the public health gains attributable to the Insite program, including over 17,000 successful referrals to addiction treatment made by Insite's staff. Dr. Julio Montaner Director, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Vancouver. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.