30 August 2006

Facilitating death.

I'm betting Stephen Harper is gonna be filing this leftwing lunacy under "Not on my watch."

Susie Ruttan, who runs a group called From Grief to Action, told a news conference that families across the country are struggling with the shame of having drug-addicted children who can't get the help they need.

"We're a caring, loving, professional family," Ruttan told a news conference. "We have three kids and I'd like to say to Mr. Harper: 'This could be your child.' "
Except that, if you're really, truly involved in your child's upbringing; teaching them respect for self, as well as others; how to differentiate right from wrong... I kind of doubt it.

Apparently, so did Ms. Ruttan, until she somehow saw the light & hopped on board the Enabler Express.
"To be perfectly honest with you, I was a little bit squeamish initially about the concept of a place where our children, adult children, would be going to put poison into their arms," Ruttan said.
Now, while I sympathise with this woman's plight, I refuse to accept that providing drug-addled teenagers with syringes and a comfy place to shoot up,* (which takes care of the two lesser things on a junkie's three item hierarchy of needs) is the best answer to this problem.

Funding these places is like finding out your child has an insane compulsion to speed through red lights... and then, instead of ripping the car keys out of their hands, you go out and buy a Volvo stationwagon.

*There have been 400 recorded drug overdoses at this site.

UPDATE: Ottawa, August 28, 2006
The RCMP supports the four pillar approach of Canada’s Drug Strategy on illicit substance use and abuse which are: prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. Clearly, harm reduction initiatives must encourage a transition to treatment and not facilitate a state of perpetual use.
UPDATE: 9:40 PM EDT ON 01/09/06
Vancouver's safe injection site will be kept open until December of 2007, after getting a last-minute reprieve from federal Health Minister Tony Clement.
Two words. Surprised. Disappointed. And I'm not the only one.
While the Vancouver Police Department's position has been supportive of the facility, rank-and-file members of the force voted unanimously yesterday to call on the government to shut it down.

In a scathing rejection of the official department policy by Chief Jamie Graham that the injection site has been successful and should continue operating with federal approval, Constable Tom Stamatakis said the program has been a failure.

"We're not going to be bullied into supporting this like others. We're seeing unprecedented levels of crimes," he said. "They're thinking this is a simple solution to a complex problem and this is the easiest way to respond."

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Cameron said...

Hi Neo-con,

Thanks for the comment at my blog. I've replied here and at my blog as well.

One of the reasons to have a safe-injection site is to reduce the burden on the health care system and the taxpayer. Safe-injection sites have been shown to reduce rates of infectious diseases, in turn reducing the burden on the health care system. Onsite nurses can deal with overdoses, and for from the average death rate from overdoses of 40%, the deaths at Insite total ZERO. They are keeping addicts alive long enough for them to reach bottom and look for help. At the Insite safe-injection site addicts are finding it easier to ask for help, get clean and find a new way to live free from active addiction. This is social justice in action.

The myth that programs like this is just endorsing drug use is frustrating. Injection drug users are going to use drugs whether or not this program exists, and the average youth doesn't say, "hey, there's a safe-injection site. Maybe it's o.k. to try heroin."

It's our moral oblgation to help addicts out of their addiction. Keeping them alive long enough for them to find help, while saving tax payers money, seems like a good plan. Would you disagree?

I'm hoping you're openminded enough to consider my argument. I consider myself somewhat of an expert on this subject, given that I spent ten years in active addiction before making the decision to take charge of my live and break free from the cycle of addiction about six years ago.

Safe-injection sites are good for society.

Neo Conservative said...


congrats on beating the beast, (but you have to acknowledge you are a pretty rare creature). i had a buddy, who last i heard, was also clean... for now.

junkies are generally damaged goods even before they start using & they'll take any sort of help from anyone as long as it makes it easier to shoot up. they'll also sell their children to get more dope.

becoming a junkie is a choice... a very bad personal choice, mind you, that comes from following the line of least resistance... hence the large numbers of junkies also being criminals. if you ever break free of it, it's also because you made that choice.

junkies don't go to insite because they care about their health, (for chrissakes, they're shooting poison into their veins) they go because it allows them to get some sympathetic social contact and focus full-time on scoring more junk.

the nurse on site, is one less health care worker for joe lunchbucket, a hard-working taxpayer who is right now lying in a hospital corridor after a heart attack, because we are spreading things so thinly on stuff like insite. if someone makes a choice to kick junk, we should give them as much help as possible. we should not be part of the "circle of death" by facilitating the use of drugs in any way.

sorry to sound so heartless, but without some sort of triage, the health care system as we know it will fold & die (it may anyway).

we'll have to agree to disagree on this one. i stand by my analogy.

so thx for your input, but sorry, no sale.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if these people show up at AA meetings with a 24 of free clean beer for everyone?

In Africa in some countries if you are addicted they chain you to a bed for 3 months.

They care about the junkies and the society they steal from to help their habbit more than anyone who supports clean needles me thinks.

I've helped people fight alcohol addiction but i was never dumb enough to give them claen safe beer to do so.

Anonymous said...

Put them somewhere isolated to do hard physical labour for 10 hours a day, like my father and grandfather did on the farm. They should be physically exhausted at the end of the day, and know what that is like. Let them learn what their body is like again off drugs. Let their physical fitness improvement be the start of their recovery. Once they get in tune with their body off drugs, give them lots of positive experiences to promote their internal 'high' rather than the artificial one. Creativity, accomplishments, sportsmanship, building something, literature, anything that touches them and supports themselves as something worthwhile on it's own.

PGP said...

Or just provide unlimited free drugs and let Darwin work.