This comment comes from David Morrs in response to Jim Harrison’s editorial ‘Give Kelowna, not us, safe injection site.’
Wow. Jim. just...wow. You always seem to spout that we should let science and experts speak on issues that we they lay person don't understand. Yet here you are the authority on whether safe injection sites work or not. Which scientists, health care workers, criminologists and police agree that they do.
You also strike me as someone who hates when taxpayer money is wasted. Yet safe injections sites have shown to save millions on health care costs of treating overdoses as well as the costs of prosecuting and jailing the users. So if the experts in these fields say they work, and if taxpayer money can be saved and needles can be kept off the streets. Why are you complaining?
In reality, the site will go to where the issues are. If overdoses and street level use is a bigger problem here, then the facility should go here. If it's Kelowna, then Kelowna will get it. Heck, it may even end up in Vernon or Penticton. Let's let the experts and science decide and you just keep your outdated opinion to yourself.
And this one comes from Tyler:
Oh Jim, people don't just go to places like insight to "shoot up and chill." They actually have to commit to detox programs while they are there. If you ever read any of the scientific studies on the insight facility, of there have been 30+. (You know, how you always say we need to wait for the science), you would see that patients have increased use of detox programs in the long term.
Getting them off the drugs and back into society. It decreases street level needle sharing and allows police to focus on other areas of their jobs. Admittingly is has not cleaned up the DTES, but were you expecting 1 safe injection site to do that?
The Canadian Medical association did a cost-benefit analysis of insight in 2008 and found a savings of 18 million. That's tax money not being spent treating these overdoses and straining the medical system. The medical journal The Lancet found it decreased overdose deaths by 35% and the Canadian Medical Association again found that the facility reduces harm to users and the public according to scientists, criminologists, and even the Vancouver Police Department.
So why would you not want a reduction in street/alley use and increased protection to the public here in Kamloops. So basically Jim, what you're saying is. Keep what users here doing drugs on the streets, sharing needles and leaving them where they can be picked up by kids or others. And allow Kelowna to have cleaner, safer streets?
Really not seeing your way of thinking here Jim. Hopefully, if the injection site does go to Kelowna, users in town will pile into your back yard to shoot up and "chill." Don't complain if they do.
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In response I have ended my feed from this service.