Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Insite, The Early Years Journey

Serving Vancouver and the Downtown East Side Since 2003.....
Controversial since first opening its doors, Insite has provided injection drug users with a safe place to use.  Insite is operated under an umbrella of services provided by Vancouver Coastal Health with respect to vulnerable populations.  It began as a pilot project allowed by the Liberal government, under an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.  It was to run for 3 years and expired in 2006.  The program was so successful in reducing deaths and injury, as well as providing much relied upon counselling, detox and point of entry to addiction treatment programs that an extension was requested. This marked the beginning of a long and arduous battle, fought with old and familiar weapons.  
The moralizing, judging, and demonizing of those without power by those in power.
    See "Drugs Policy" page for full article

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