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18-09-2007, 04:52 PM
Edmonton still looking at safe injection sites

Sep, 18 2007 - 3:00 PM

EDMONTON/630 CHED - Capital Health has put "on hold" any move it might make to help in the creation of a supervised injection site in Edmonton. An expert from the Vancouver experience spoke to health care providers through a province wide teleconference today.

The Vancouver site in the troubled downtown east side has about 9000 injection drug users a year, according to Dr. Reka Gustafson, Vancouver's Medical Health Officer ...

"From a public health point of view, I think its a very effective and important part of the over-all strategy on how to stay safe."

The question is, even with the endorsement from civic politicians, there is doubt if federal funding will continue under the Harper government. Dr. Marcia Johnson, the Deputy Medical Officer of Health for Capital Health, tells 630 CHED News they'll keep watching and waiting to see what happens when the current program runs out at the end of the year ...

"We will look and see what happens after December 31st and continue to work with our partners to do what we can to improve the health of Capital Health residents including the people in the inner city who do bear a disproportionately large amount of ill health."

And, until then, no recommendations either way on what to do for Edmonton.

Scott Johnston


18-09-2007, 05:40 PM
Safe injections sites are a black hole of money, into which money that would be much better spent on rehab beds is poured. They attract only those addicts who are still functional enough to both trust society to look after their best interests, and are still healthy enough to steal enough to support a 200$/day habit. Sure they have great statistics on getting people into rehab. There is a huge amount of self selection in people willing to go into an institutional setting to shoot junk up their arm.

Rehab beds and post rehab support is where the money should be spent. Sure, it's boring and politicians don't get to go on cool trips to Amsterdam to study it, but it works, and it gives value for the money spent.