Globe: Vcr’s InSite saves 2-12 lives yearly

October 6, 2008 at 10:33 pm 1 comment

News from Vancouver today regarding Vancouver’s supervised injection site.

Insite saves two to 12 lives a year, study says (Globe and Mail)

Researchers arrived at their findings after evaluating more than 1,000 overdoses over a four-year period at Vancouver’s Insite clinic.

Of the 1,004 overdoses recorded at the clinic between 2004 and 2008, 453 addicts suffered potentially fatal overdoses, the researchers said.

Had these overdoses occurred outside the clinic, between two and 12 of the addicts would have died each year, the study concluded. It was written by researchers at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Note I’ll no longer be calling it “safe injection” as there’s nothing terribly safe about injecting an unknown substance manufactured by unethical criminals into your veins under any circumstances. I’m sure critics (including Health Minister Tony Clement) will cast doubt on the study but it’s hard to deny that at least a handful of deaths have been prevented.

Entry filed under: safe injection sites, social issues.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Tamara  |  November 1, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Well, they are SAFE places. Think of all the diseases that do not get spread around because of places like this as well. People with HEPC or HIV don’t have to ‘share’ or ‘reuse’ needles and tools because they have it within easy access.

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