January 15, 2010 - I strongly support today’s ruling by the BC Court of Appeal. The decision to support the continuation of InSite bolsters our efforts to improve the lives of people with addictions.
With this second consecutive decision in favour of InSite, I hope the Federal Government will drop its legal efforts so that we can go back to focusing on InSite for what it is – a harm reduction facility that saves lives and improves health outcomes for those living with addictions.
As a key component of our City’s Four Pillars Drug Strategy, research confirms that Insite connects people to treatment services, counselling and medical help, at the same time as it reduces crime. The science in favour of InSite is clear, and as long as we have people suffering from addiction on our streets we need harm reduction options in place.
It is time for drug addiction to be treated by all levels of government as a health issue, not a legal issue. As Mayor, I will continue to support harm reduction facilities like InSite along with the promotion of prevention, treatment, and enforcement.
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