The Alberta Government says that it is moving very quickly in conjunction with the feds to get supervised drug use injection sites up and running in Edmonton as a way to tackle the growing opioid crisis in Alberta.
Edmonton City Council already voted 10 to 1 in favour of setting up three supervised intravenous drug use facilities in May. A fourth site will be at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for inpatients as part of an addictions treatment center there.
All funded by you the taxpayer.
Yes, Edmonton is in the middle of an opioid crisis. There have been 609 fentanyl related deaths since the beginning of last year. It’s a tragedy.
But 69 per cent of all victims of overdose in Alberta lived outside of any of our major urban areas — while the three supervised injection sites will be in Edmonton’s downtown core.
And the people who live in Edmonton’s downtown core, primarily the working poor and the Chinese community, don’t want any more drug addicts in their neighbourhoods.
Why not put the shooting galleries in places where the residents want them?
If rich progressives want them, put them in their backyards. Maybe liberals might have a new opinion on persistent loitering, property crime and prostitution once they have to experience it in their neighbourhoods.