January 03, 2017

BC’s worsening fentanyl crisis: Are politicians “normalizing junkie lifestyle” with safe injection sites?

Rebel Staff

British Columbia has a serious fentanyl crisis that’s killing hundreds of people. In November we saw a record 128 overdose deaths in the province and on December 15th alone, 11 people died in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside in just one night.

The coroner called it a public health emergency months ago and now the police have indicated they’re trying to work to stop pill presses and shipments of fentanyl from entering the country from China.

The challenge? As little as 20-30 grams of fentanyl is sent in small mail packages some no bigger than a standard letter, and that 20-30 grams can be cut up into small amounts that can do incredible damage.

So the question is, what do we do about this problem?

Watch as I explain the problem and share my thoughts about the need to take a serious look at the negative consequences and impacts of deinstitutionalization of those with mental health problems that began in the 1960’s.

Politicians come up with bad ideas all the time, but I’ll show you an egregious example of politicians trying to do too much and actually endangering and jeopardizing public safety in the name of safe injection sites.

While I don’t think pop-up injection sites are the solution, I want to be compassionate as I know that just about everyone watching knows someone suffering from addiction or have a friend or family member affected by it in someway, and as taxpayers, we all pay for the added services needed to deal with this crisis.

Let me know if you think my idea of compassionate re-institutionalization is a legitimate idea going forward.

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commented 2017-01-04 15:28:56 -0500
You mean we shouldn’t enable drug users? I find it hilarious that the public have bought into these sites, yet no one wants the in THEIR neighborhood.
commented 2017-01-04 05:15:37 -0500
Fentanyl is a self-solving problem if you just stop treating the overdosing junkies.
commented 2017-01-04 05:13:18 -0500
Canadians, and especially liberal minded Vancouverites, have to face the fact that this is just the latest manifestation of the accommodation of druggies which started with pot tolerance in the 60s… That’s how long this “pissing in the wind” of reality has been going on, and continues, one failed experiment after another… East Hastings and Main continues to be the ground zero postal code for druggies in Canada, and as long as drugs continue to increase in potency it will continue to be living – and deadly! – proof that all this social engineering and wishful thinking about methods of “cure”, has proven to be BULLSHIT… And any addict who has managed to pull him or herself back from the edge of the abyss will tell you the same… Enabling is Enabling!… Unfortunately, and tragically, too, too many “social engineers” in B.C. are still earning a living from this reality-defying experimentation…
commented 2017-01-04 03:55:17 -0500
Here is a very modest proposal. Get a street team together. Get people to glue posters with an image of the Filipino president on them. Make sure there is a caption underneath the image, that says that drug dealers will all be shot dead. I can’t think of a better low cost solution.
commented 2017-01-04 02:54:07 -0500
Can we sell the organs of the ones that don’t make it?
commented 2017-01-04 02:45:29 -0500
When I wake up in the morning—-the first thing that I think of —is how can I possibly save the LIFE of some fucking Junkie.
commented 2017-01-04 02:08:11 -0500
Hey Andrew Stephenson , this must be a lie according to you, all this left wing crap was supposed to be saving lives according to you. Now like i said the rates were rising , need any more proof?
commented 2017-01-04 02:06:31 -0500
I guess some socialist telling them not to inject Fentanyl is not working, imagine that.
commented 2017-01-04 02:04:51 -0500
Canadian Mongrel i have lost friends to addiction, the left does not understand it at all, plus these sites are to make lefties feel better about themselves , not to actually help anyone. All they care about is patting themselves on the back.
commented 2017-01-03 21:56:38 -0500
Liza Rosie—Putting these people in an institution is the only idea for them to get clean. The trouble is Society in general can’t afford to put really crazy people in institutions, and it will get worse with many of Trudeau’s Refugees having Mental Problems according o the MSM.
commented 2017-01-03 20:29:36 -0500
Are you going to make this available as a Franchise ?
commented 2017-01-03 19:55:54 -0500
“Let me know if you think my idea of compassionate re-institutionalization is a legitimate idea going forward.”
Yes it has to happen, but its not a very PC idea. De-institutionalization has only put people in more danger. The whole concept of injection sites, is just backwards.
commented 2017-01-03 19:24:30 -0500
What I find really stupid is how the regressive left is all for injection sites as a step out programme for drug addictions. Having a relative who had the choice between dry-out and safe injection when he was taken to the hospital that had a safe injection site handy, and who is now whereabouts unknown because he chose wrong, I have a prejudice.

Yet the regressive left is all for shutting down step-out programmes for tobacco smoking, like vap’ing.

I just don’t understand regressive logic, probably because the left has none.