Dear Editor, Last week marked the tenth anniversary of the opening of InSite, Vancouver's supervised injection facility.
The facility has supervised two million injections without an overdose death, and has cut down on the transmission of needle sharing related diseases like HIV and hepatitis.
Last week also marked the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision protecting InSite from the federal government's attempts to shut it down.
Last week also, unfortunately, brought us the deaths of two local individuals, as a result of what are being called heroin overdose deaths.
Overdose deaths are a by-product of drug prohibition. Those two individuals, including a 15-yearold girl, could very well be alive today, if the government didn't spend our tax dollars ensuring that drugs are as impure and dangerous as possible, and that their production is handled by criminal organizations rather than pharmaceutical companies.
Human beings have always used drugs and always will use drugs. We won't be a just and respectable society until we give up the insane notion that a "drug-free" society is a possible or even desirable goal.
Maybe we can start by dropping the disgusting language that is used to dehumanize drug users (a.k.a. junkies), and listen to medical professionals and the scientific literature, instead of politicians who have precisely zero expertise when it comes to pharmacology and psychology. To anyone who has ever worked at InSite or lobbied on their behalf, thank you. You are a true hero.
@ Copyright 2013