Pubdate: Fri, 22 Jul 2016
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2016 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Colleen Devison
Page: 16
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


At the time of this letter, 58% of people voted "no" on "Are you OK
with three safe injection sites being allowed to operate in Toronto?"
(July 15). I personally would rather see that than needles found in
parks and playgrounds and the spread of intravenous disease caused by
shared needles. Drug users with hep C and HIV have sex with our sons
and daughters. Though abstinence may be ideal in prevention, it is not
always likely. The program in B.C. also cut down on overdoses.

Addiction is a disease and should be dealt with realistically. Until
users can get a handle on their addictions, they deserve to have a
safe environment. It is a community concern, both health-wise and
safety-wise. Children shouldn't be stumbling over drug paraphernalia,
it should be disposed of in biohazard containers at such places as an
injection site that also offers roads to rehab info or guidance!

Colleen Devison


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(People aren't going to get off drugs because of a safe injection
site. That said, fewer of them will die)
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