Dear Mr. Harper,
I am writing to implore your government to support the marvellous work done by Insite Supervised Injection Site.
The evidence from several studies in peer-reviewed academic journals has made clear that providing citizens with a safe injection site is critical to rehabilitation. For many drug users, this facility is their only connection to health care professionals who can help get them off drugs. Since it opened in 2003, Insite has seen 700-800 visitors a day, prevented nearly 200 drug overdose fatalities and increased references to drug rehabilitation centres by 30%. Not providing this assistance means these mostly homeless, poor citizens return to filthy conditions on the street where many die. Insite has been proven to save lives.
According to the resident physician of Insite, Dr. Gabor Mate, virtually all his drug addicted patients were either abused physically or sexually as children. Let’s stop punishing them!
I stand behind the ruling of the BC Supreme Court which found that Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is inconsistent with the Charter in regards to criminalizing use of Insite. I urge you to let this decision stand.
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