Margaret Wente on Canada’s drug problem

August 5, 2008 at 12:52 am 2 comments

A four part series by the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente on Canada’s drug problem and the controversies surrounding the best way to deal with it. She definitely says things that would make some of Victoria’s drug experts squirm. I’m not sure I buy all of it, especially the pessimistic view on InSite.

Saturday Three million needles a year

Tuesday Insite: What the science really says

Thursday Sweden and Scotland’s U-turn on drugs

Saturday Next stop: Legalize drugs?

Entry filed under: needle exhange, safe injection sites, social issues.

C-FAX, 3 p.m. Friday Beaver scores heroin in gritty Vancouver

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. davin  |  August 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    There is a critical but under-highlighted point being made in the “three million needles a year” article, and that is Harm Reduction is one part of a system to deal with the problem, but that treatment is a missing part now. We have succeeded in extending the duration of the problem but we haven’t effectively addressed it beyond that. Harm Reduction is as important as having a bucket in a leaky boat – very important, but not a sustainable plan.

  • 2. robertrandall  |  August 5, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Good point. I think Wente misses the big picture in this respect.


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