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Addicts Don't Need InSite, They Need Support

Last week's controversy over Health Canada's funding of a program to give heroin to select addicts is like déjà vu. It's an awful lot like the conflicts the federal government has had with similar drug programs over the years. The Insite supervised injection clinic in Vancouver's renowned Downtown Eastside is the most famous example, where addicts can go to inject heroin under the supervision of nurses. Centres likes these are sometimes called "safe injection" sites, which is truly an oxymoron considering that these harmful drugs are anything but safe.

Toronto's Future: Safe Injection Sites Are a Win-Win

There has been much talk recently about the possibility of a safe injection clinic in Toronto. So our mayor -- surprise, surprise -- is against it. The provincial Liberals -- surprise, surprise -- have been ducking the issue. Since the feds are not on board, the Liberals have an excuse to sidestep rather than do the right thing and speak up (which would jeopardize their share of the redneck vote). Hey, Liberals will be Liberals. History will vindicate these efforts. History will condemn those who oppose these efforts. And, for the purpose of this article: history will not be kind to those who lag, stay on the fence, and do nothing. Toronto cannot afford to make that mistake.
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InSite Hits Milestone

VANCOUVER - It has survived political venom and high court challenges that threatened to close it down, but two million injections later, North America's only legal supervised injection site is markin...

Vancouver's Insite: Not Just Addicts Who Benefit

Just as a city with less homophobia is more attractive to businesses, the same will soon apply to any urban centre that deals intelligently with drug addiction. The people at Vancouver's safe injection site are helping Vancouver's future as a business centre, an intellectual mecca, and a better place to live.