Sun: B.C. may fight to keep Insite legal

June 4, 2008 at 12:04 am Leave a comment

It’s refreshing to know the Province is thinking sensibly about the topic of safe injection. Also, note Abbott’s support of more sites. I’m more convinced than ever that these sites, as distasteful as they seem, are a key part of eliminating most drug use off our streets.

B.C. may fight to keep Insite legal

Injection site an important facility, health minister says

Frances Bula, Vancouver Sun

Published: Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The legal status of the injection site is critical for B.C., he said.

“It is a very important case involving a health facility we believe is important in the continuum of care for people with addictions and for people with mental illness.”

[Health Minister] Abbott also made it clear he thinks more injection sites might be needed. “Insite is an interesting model and a model with considerable potential,” he said.

“We believe the results to date have been such that we should consider them.”

Last week, B.C. Supreme Court Judge Ian Pitfield ruled that Insite can stay open indefinitely because it provides a form of health care to which drug users have a right. He said Canada’s drug laws on possession and trafficking, from which the injection site has to get an exemption to operate, were too broad and arbitrary.

Paul Willcocks has a good commentary on the Supreme Court’s decision here.

Entry filed under: safe injection sites, social issues.

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