July 07, 2016

Toronto City Council implements safe injection sites — Hipsters approve BUT do they help drug addicts?

David MenziesMission Specialist

Well it appears that Toronto’s drug addicts are going to get their way when it comes to getting access to city run facilities in order to shoot up, get high and not have to worry about getting arrested. 

Toronto City Council has recommended the implementation of three safe injection sites which will allow drug abusers to take part in an activity that is both illegal and debilitating.

One of the biggest proponents for injection sites is City Councillor Joe Cressy, so I headed to his ward to ask residents for their opinions on the subject.

Watch as I interview a few people and it becomes clear that opinions are split and NIMBYism is a big factor whether the politically correct hipsters wish to admit it or not.

But more importantly, research suggests safe injection sites don't actually help drug addicts.

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commented 2016-07-22 03:37:55 -0400
So ridiculous, this just promotes more drug abuse. They do this to protect these parasites so they don’t overdose and share needles. This will just lead to an increased following in the drug culture. These drug users contribute nothing to society they just move around in a stoned condition all day. And we, with our hard earned tax dollars have to look after their pathetic, tattooed asses. And of course somebody has to feed and water them as well, they are just more societal dependents that we can’t afford. Yet when some poor kid has a rare disease and the treatment drug is so expensive the family can’t afford it, the government has no money for that.
commented 2016-07-08 22:41:46 -0400
“Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.
Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.”
Drug addicts are still human beings…more or less. ‘Nature’ will take care of drug addicts fairly efficiently if left to their own devices. I’m sure the family and friends of the drug addicts think harm reduction – which is the philosophy behind injections sites – is a good idea. More taxpayer burden…not so much.
Personally I would not live in an area where it may be appropriate to have an injection site.
I don’t ever hear any NIMBYism about bars, Tim Hortons, corner stores and cigar shops, Betty Ford Clinics or fast food joints (alcoholism, caffeine and sugar addictions, nicotine addiction, pharmaceutical addictions and obesity problems all legal and socially acceptable), so as much as I do have problems with ‘that element’ of society and think enabling is a wrong approach, I’m casting no stones…there but for the Grace of God go I.
Last but not least – prohibition does not work! In fact it makes things worse in so many ways. Addiction should be treated from a medical perspective – as a disease, which it is, not from a law enforcement/judicial/penal perspective – drug addiction is self harm and may lead to criminal activity – this is the Nanny-State telling us that self-harm is criminal…
commented 2016-07-08 11:44:43 -0400
No we don’t have the responsibility to enable anyone who obviously went down a dark road. So I agree prohibition is a bad thing. But so is enabling an addict. We should maybe possibly pay for treatment, not for subsidized drugs. How does that make sense? From a libertarian point of view, not my problem, and don’t make it my problem.
commented 2016-07-08 03:12:26 -0400
I’m with Karen&Doug Geil… If this is such a benign idea then I’m sure Andrew Stephenson – based on his research – would have no objections to such a shoot-up site next to his house?… Indeed:- “there’s a lot of special interest propaganda out there”… Most of it these days I’m afraid, produced by those academic gurus whose salaries depend on grants saying it’s so….
commented 2016-07-08 02:59:32 -0400
Progressives addict friend:“Hey man , i spent all my money on drugs, can you give me some money to get some food?”
Progressive:“Of course buddy.
Addict Friend:”Thanks!" Addict friend leaves.
Progressive:“I am sure that warm meal will help him out a lot, i am such a great human being.”
Addict friend O.D.’s a while after that.
Progressive:“Damn where did he get the money for the drugs??”
commented 2016-07-08 02:53:49 -0400
I wonder what the progressives will do when sharia comes to town and shuts this down and shuts down abortion clinics?
commented 2016-07-08 02:52:27 -0400
Jay they already have access to clean needles, junkies do not care.
commented 2016-07-08 02:51:35 -0400
Andrew Stephenson then why have OD deaths and usage went up in your area after the safe sites opened?
commented 2016-07-07 23:16:17 -0400
For a city like Vancouver or Toronto a safe site for drug-addicts to use needles is a good idea.

The neighborhood is already there.
commented 2016-07-07 22:39:33 -0400
What KAREN and DOUG said , or at least in their neighborhood
commented 2016-07-07 22:20:38 -0400
Just in terms of the cost of treating Hepatitis C alone, we should have safe injection sites.

The drug addled individual is not in a position to make a good judgement and we have a responsibility to help him or her.

Sticking a needle in your arm for a high is stupid, most often made in bad circumstances.

We can show cost-effectiveness and a lot of compassion by providing a legal safe-injection site.
commented 2016-07-07 21:16:05 -0400
the solution is simple…put these sites next door to the houses of the politicians who support them.
commented 2016-07-07 20:07:46 -0400
“But more importantly, research suggests this doesn’t actually help drug addicts”

There are very few peer reviewed studies indicating that they “don’t help addicts”. They do exist, but are vastly outnumbered by research that indicates the exact opposite. You have to be very careful about the sources you cite, there’s a lot of special interest propaganda out there. As always, peer reviewed scientific literature is the gold standard, and it very strongly supports harm reduction policies such as safe injection sites.

There is essentially no substantially evidence supporting prohibitionist policies. It simply doesn’t work.
commented 2016-07-07 19:38:30 -0400
Would in it be lovely if politicians would tell such people that money spent will first go to people who also need help, but have not created the problem because of self infliction aka the problem the drug additions created themselves by doing drugs fully knowing the harm they cause
commented 2016-07-07 19:36:35 -0400
Tax payer supported (or, for that matter,privately supported) drug injection centres is egregiously perverse and immoral. Money could be better spent for compulsory and effective rehabilitation.
This is not compassion or charity. It is the abdication of moral responsibility.
commented 2016-07-07 19:34:08 -0400
Like other safe injection sites that were initially opposed, council gave in because a few lefties could not bare to not have their own way and continued to come back until council got tired and relented.

No different than the actions of child brat getting his/her own way by continuing to bother his/her parents until they give in just to have some peace
commented 2016-07-07 19:32:25 -0400
I expect Baby Doc and all the Rebel trolls will be in the queue for this service.
commented 2016-07-07 18:42:01 -0400
‘How is that a good thing?’

Simple, drug addled votes for Baby Doc.
commented 2016-07-07 18:30:23 -0400
Oh please John Tory, can you put one of these sites beside my house?? Oh please??

We need more scum sucking dirt in our neighborhood!!!! Please!!! Please!!! Please!!!

This is healthcare??? What a fucking disgrace!!!
commented 2016-07-07 18:30:23 -0400
Oh please John Tory, can you put one of these sites beside my house?? Oh please??

We need more scum sucking dirt in our neighborhood!!!! Please!!! Please!!! Please!!!

This is healthcare??? What a fucking disgrace!!!
commented 2016-07-07 18:30:23 -0400
Oh please John Tory, can you put one of these sites beside my house?? Oh please??

We need more scum sucking dirt in our neighborhood!!!! Please!!! Please!!! Please!!!

This is healthcare??? What a fucking disgrace!!!
commented 2016-07-07 18:28:06 -0400
Yes, have they ever heard of the principle of “enabling”. Why are we now enablers of drug addicts?
commented 2016-07-07 18:10:39 -0400
Sorry folks…..there is nothing safe about injecting heroin into your veins. There has to be a better was to describe this – “safe” is not the proper word.