Post # 1
I am just wondering what the general population feels about Insite considering it’s going to be having more publicity this week. The Supreme Court of Canada will be deciding this week whether or not to shut them down permenantly.
Insite was the first ever supervised safe needle injection site in North America. As we speak many other progressive cities in Canada and the US have been examining Insite’s model of operation in order to institute other similar facilities across North America. The Supreme Court’s decision this week will greatly effect the future of safe injection sites.
Here is a link if you don’t know what I am refering to: http://supervisedinjection.vch.ca/
What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
I really want it to stay open, but I won’t be surprised if the govt shuts it down. How very unshocking – drug prohibitionists are still afraid of scientific data.
Post # 4
@Beluga: I agree with you here. I think it’s actually quite shocking that they are even considering shutting it down when all of the evidence points to it as having POSITIVE outcomes.
I read a good stat that stuck with me. Since Insite opened, the lower mainland (Vancouver and surrounding area for those who don’t know BC) has had a 30% increase in drug addicted individuals entering detox. 30% in 8 years!! Insite is to thank for this because they not only provide a safe place to use and dispose of needles, but they also provide support and information on how to become clean. They essentially facilitate entry into detox for the majority of addicts in downtown Vancouver. 30% is an amazing number!! Most regional differences like this are usually only recorded at about a 5% increase over 10 years in order to view a program as being successful. Insite far surpasses this.
Although the numbers are less clear surrounding the decrease in transmission of disease there have been many studies and medical journals published that do support the fact that Insite alone has possibly begun to dramatically decrease the transmission of HIV/AIDS in Vancouver. To me, any decrease in the number of addicts being infected with HIV/AIDS is a wonderful, wonderful thing!
Post # 5
I really, sincerely hope it stays open. If you talk to the people directly affected by it’s presence you will understand what a POSITIVE impact it has made. If you talk to a bunch of rich, old, homeless fearing, goodie-two-shoes living in West Van they will pretty much tell you it’s the anti-christ… I know, I worked with people like that. You know, people who are totally out of touch. Heres’ to hoping the Supreme Court can be progressive on this one!
Post # 6
I hope it stays open. I did some research after seeing something about it on TV and it seems to be nothing but a good thing. Research doesn’t lie.
Post # 7
I really hope it stays open!
I don’t understand any logical argument against the centre.
Post # 8
I’m not from Canada but as much as we would like to say that not giving drug users a place to do drugs and condoning use will make them stop, it doesn’t work that way. Giving them a safe environment is a good idea for the health and safety of them and anybody they may come in contact with. I don’t know if they do this but also provinging resources for treatment would be a great idea there too.
Post # 9
I hope it stays open. I dont see any reason why it shouldnt.
Post # 11
I hope it stays open. I was, at one point, planning a career in HIV/AIDS prevention, and even the idea of a place like this is exciting from a disease prevention point of view. The fact that it helps addicts into treatment is a whole other level of awesomeness!
Post # 12
you know how many people I know who are now dealing with HIV and Hep C as a result of unsafe needle use?
The question shouldn’t be whether or not to close it. We should be asking – no, DEMANDING – to have one open in every major city across Canada.
Post # 13
I can almost guarantee that all the people against Insite have never been to the downtown east side and seen how people live there. The complainers are just self-righteous NIMBY types with superiority complexes because they’ve never fallen on hard times or battled drug addiction. I may not condone drug use or have any wish to use drugs myself, but that doesn’t make me more of a human being than someone shooting up on the streets.
One person even wrote in to the paper that addicts’ lives weren’t worth saving, and that Insite should be shut down so they would all just die and we would be rid of them. It made me sick. I seriously hope Insite remains open.
Post # 14
I have looked into this topic quite a bit for a research project that I am working on. I have even been to a needle exchange program in a city near where I am located. From a public health perspective, the benefits clearly outweight the risks. I would love to see problems like this expand!
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Post # 16
@Miss Lilac: OMG I can’t believe I said that! I would love to see these types of PROGRAMS expand…