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Insite – The "so-called" safe injection site in the DTES.

“In North America, the first safe injection site was established in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver, British Columbia in late 2003. As of early 2006, it has more than 7,000 participants registered, and [b]staff have assisted in over 200 overdoses.[/b]” – Wikipedia [u]Safe Injection Site[/u] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe_injection_site)

“Clients who enter the SIS are assessed and led through a waiting area to a 12-seat injection room where they can inject their own drugs under the supervision of trained medical staff. [b]They will have access to clean injection equipment including spoons, tourniquets and water, aimed at reducing the spread of infectious diseases.[/b]” – [u]Insite[/u] (http://www.vch.ca/sis/)

“The North American Opiate Medication Initiative, known as [b]NAOMI[/b], is offering hundreds of junkies haunting the slums of Vancouver and Montreal the chance to join a research study that provides free heroin.”

“[b]Heroin is addictive, and overdosing on it will kill brain cells due to oxygen deprivation, but otherwise, the drug is safe[/b], says B.C.’s Medical Health Officer Perry Kendall.”

“The addicts have to commit to interviews with doctors and follow a routine for two years. They need to report [b]daily for doses of heroin[/b], which they inject on site, and must submit to interviews with nurses. NAOMI also makes available counselling and social workers.”

“The treatment movement has been more [b]in vogue[/b] than 12-step abstinence programs that [b]require people to quit drugs[/b].”

“Some people are angry about the public use of drugs outside the injection room. [b]Many of the 4,000 addicts in the Downtown Eastside can’t wait the five to seven minutes they might face to get a place to shoot up. So they inject in street.[/b]”

The Vancouver facility was set up in 2003 as a three-year experiment exempt from Canadian drug laws. [b]Since then the clinic has run at capacity with some 800 heroin injections daily[/b].

– [u]Few joining study that offers free heroin[/u]

[i]Free Needles & Free Heroin, What are we doing?[/i]



3 thoughts on “Insite – The "so-called" safe injection site in the DTES.

  1. what they are doing is trying to prevent people from dying. Yes you are right addicts shouldn’t use at all, but the truth is they do, and they will continue to do so. The intention here is when they do OD, there will be people there to administer medical assistance so they don’t die.

    Posted by friar laurence | July 7, 2006, 8:51 pm
  2. Wow. . this was disturbing. I don’t even know how I feel. Thank you for drawing attention to this.

    Posted by Kathryn | July 11, 2006, 10:20 am
  3. I just feel really lonely, and I dont feel like I should. Hmm. Interesting thoughts. I didn’t realise I felt that way.

    Posted by Replica Rolex | December 25, 2013, 8:41 pm

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