100 thoughts on “How Safe Injections Sites in the U.S. Are Fighting Back Against The Opioid Crisis & Do They Work?”

  1. Vancouver resident here. Insite has definitely made an improvement as it got a good number of users inside and not nodding off in the streets. Also Vancouver PD likes to take credit for a lot of things which they didn't do. The main problem we have in Vancouver is the massive inflow of opiates through our ports that originated in China. The city is flooded with drugs from overseas.

  2. I can't support this idea. I think it's stupid. People who want to quit, will quit. People who don't want to quit, will keep doing it. A safe place to do it or not, does not matter.
    But whatever, people are stupid anyway. If it helps people to stop, then its' all fine regardless of my views on it.

  3. I work at a drug and alcohol recovery center in Humboldt County.(my city was on the NY times one time for our drug epidemic) I feel as though these safe injection sites would work well in conjunction with mental health facilities, and rehabs. We have a needle exchange program, but it doesn't do enough to curb the issue, just provides the needles.

  4. Maybe I’m an asshole but I don’t think protecting druggies is worth spending government money on. Same with needle exchanges. If they kill them selves, tough. They made the choice.
    Unless someone put a gun to their head and forced a person to shoot up, it’s their choice to get high. Make the choice accept the risk. Don’t make it safer to hurt yourself.

  5. i unno if anyone else mentioned it yet as well, but sure needle exchanges are great but a supervised, closed site would cut down on needles and bodily fluids in parks and alleys n stuff u know.

  6. I was going to do a reply but changed my mind to leaving a comment. I'm an addict. I'll have 10 yrs clean come December 2019. I've heard about these things working in other countries over in Europe. I feel confident enough to say the government has had more than enough time and money to win "the war on drugs". 1972 they started it and well I'll go out on a limb and say they not only failed, they have made the problem worse.

    We are not up against just addiction here. People have made careers in law enforcement, correction/prisons, politics, Wall Street and treatment centers just to name a few.

    This sounds like something that might actually help. Not by itself of course. Effective counseling and follow up treatment when the addict expresses the desire to change back to being a human being has to be available. I thought I was beyond hope years before I was able to find actual help. I will tell you that punishment wasn't effective at all. Not dying…staying high long enough becomes a kind of misery, a kind of loneliness that is incomprehensible to those who's not experienced it. I do all I can to help people stay clean. We need some help from others in keeping a seemingly worthless soul alive long enough to maybe feel there might actually be hope.

    Let them try this please.

  7. I think SIS are a terrific idea, but the drug user needs to be protected from police interference in cities where Compstat is “motivating” police to issue increasingly high numbers of citations.
    Otherwise, people suffering from addiction will be regularly (obviously) in possession of illegal substances on their way to/around these facilities. For police desperate to hit quotas, it would be like shooting fish in a barrel.
    (I should preface this next part by saying my SO is in law enforcement.). I believe that police (especially in cities where Compstat is operating) cannot be trusted to have a ‘general understanding’ that these users should be left alone. Rather, laws need to protect these users. Cops are supposed to be going after the big dealers anyway, not merely drug users. To keep this true, I think possession of small amounts (under ‘intent to distribute’ amounts) should be decriminalized for regular attendants of these facilities to encourage safe use. Say you have to go weekly to keep your membership from “expiring”. You get a paper card with a color-changing sticker on it. Once the sticker turns red, you can’t be caught having drugs on you. Lose your sticker card, you’re out of luck. Go use at a SIS, get a new sticker for the week. Or the day. Or whatever. If a police officer finds drugs on you and a current sticker card (indicating that you’re a registered user and under the care of SIS personnel when you use, and not at risk to distribute drugs or overdose) you’re not going to get nailed for possession. Will some users only frequent SIS facilities to get the sticker card? I mean, yeah I guess. But that’s one time each week where they were using safely. For more information on Compstat, check out the podcast Reply All, episode 127.

  8. Learned about this in Amsterdam. It decreases addiction and increase rehabilitation by a ton. The idea is you get 3 dollars back for every dollar you invest in someone

  9. "You're not thinking about my children who will be exposed to this"
    But your children will be exposed to this already? if anything they will be less exposed if the drug addicts are inside.

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  11. My only concern is what would prevent Police from setting up essentially a "Speed" trap with a K9 unit in the area, or even waiting outside the facilities to arrest them for Public Intoxication or potentially DWI?

  12. I’m from Seattle- I live in Philadelphia.
    I’ve seen the drug epidemic first hand and know the heart ache it causes family. Certainly something needs be done.
    But seeing my loved one slowly kill themselves slowly in Seattle bc it’s ‘more safe’ hasn’t changed anything. Why don’t we work more towards funding mental health help; surely that’s a large contributor to drug use.

  13. I think this places should be established. In the other hand, it’s similar to the homeless problem where the people that need the help are being ignored or are unable to voice what they want.

  14. I think sis and any harm prevention is a good idea. I don’t trust the sensibilities of people that are terrified of potential of crime and their children, because it sounds like nonsense and emotion based thinking rather than anything reasonably concerning. Additionally, as always, the criminal element exists due to the legal nature of the drugs more than anything else

  15. Yeah, i see how supervised injection sites would be helpful to the addicts, i agree with Mayor Rendell's words on this topic. Do i think they would attract more drug-dealers? I doubt it, since i don't see clear evidence of it in other cities with SIFs, plus, i think, it would only make it obvious for the police where to look for the dealers.

  16. Ah yes the "why not encourage an epidemic and force people into the shadows because they're undesirable and I want to shelter my children from reality" argument.

  17. I feel like the argument that you don't need/want safe injection sites because you already have needle exchange programs is really silly. So you'd rather have addicts shooting up unsupervised out in society? You're already "supporting" their habit but it's been accepted that it's for the greater good, and this just seems like the next logical step of that to me.

  18. Hey there, overdose prevention worker here. I work at Canada's first and as of right now, (I believe) only 24-hour supervised consumption site. We are an Ottawa based organization called Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH) and our mandate is to provide healthcare to the chronically homeless. To date I have responded to and reversed over 100 overdoses, and those are just the ones that have happened while I was on shift.
    I first started working in the field when I grew tired and angry that I was attending yet another funeral for someone under the age of 30. I wanted to storm into a trap house and take the fight right to the dealers, but as we all know… The war on drugs is lost. We are now fighting a war against sick people, and no progress has been made.
    The difference I have seen in my community has been astounding. The homeless and addicted community are receiving more care and compassion than they have seen in past generations, and giving these people back the ability to believe they have worth has resulted in a change so significant I was surprised it required me standing on the front lines to recognize the change.
    Harm reduction has meant more than just clean needles and reduction in the spread of transmittable diseases. When this population is met with compassion, and shown that they are lovable regardless of their addiction, regardless of the poor choices that they may have made along the way, many have opted to choose less risky behaviour to find ways and means to find their next fix. We're teaching them that the stigma that they are bad people because of their usage is untrue, and that has inspired many to take a stand for themselves. Nice people take drugs. They don't have to commit to the brand. They don't have to compromise their morals or values.
    Besides just providing a safe place to consume drugs, our community initiatives have our clients engaging and taking an active part in their community. For example, every morning starting at 4am we run a community clean-up with our clients to go around picking up trash and syringes, and the involvement is overwhelming. On a daily basis, we have to turn away more people than we have helping because we don't have enough brooms or tongs. We're giving the people an active role to play in their community. We show them that they have more purpose than the labels they have been given by a society that let them fall through the cracks. It may not be much, but it's a start. We also use that volunteer experience to offer references for our clients who have stabilized/stopped their use and who are seeking employment.
    All of this to say, the notion that these sites are a detriment to a community and wildly unfounded, and are based in fear and ignorance. I would urge anybody who wants to speak out against consumption sites to do their research and check out the studies that have been done in communities that are currently operating sites before spewing harmful, unproductive statements about the damage these sites cause to a community.

    I agree that these sites are not THE solution to the opioid epidemic in North America. But it's the best one we've got right now. These sites are a Band-Aid and are a response to an epidemic that rose hard and fast, and started claiming lives of loved ones all over the continent before we had time to blink. The drug supply is toxic and it is killing our community. We are just trying to keep our community alive long enough to see the solution. If nothing else, for the time being, it costs the tax payer far less to deploy myself and a nurse to respond to an overdose than to deploy police, fire, and paramedics to every overdose. (For some context, I have had days where we have had 3-4 per hour over the course of an 8 hour shift).

  19. As a person living with chronic pain, the opiod crisis has a severe impact on my community because it makes doctors reluctant to prescribe opiods to chronic pain patients who really need it. Luckily my pain is not severe enough for me to require opioids, but it's disabling, and I really feel concerned for the people in my community with even worse pain whose doctors are trying to taper them off opiods for no good medical reason, because of increased scrutiny of opiod prescriptions. I think SIFs are a good way to decrease some of the stigma surrounding opiod use, because the inflammatory rhetoric and scaremongering around the opiod crisis — which, yes, is bad — has had severe negative repercussions for people living with chronic pain.

  20. The only thing Naloxone enables is breathing. You can't treat people if they're dead. Establishing centers like these could pull some of the strain off of our EMS departments that are currently inundated with calls for ODs. The fear around them is coming from the stereotype that the only people who use drugs are bad people. Anyone can be affected by addiction. Just look at Hollywood. Why should only the rich and powerful be afforded the opportunity to get better? Establishing clean use sites gives people who might otherwise never come into contact with treatment professionals a chance to have a seed planted.

  21. A court's place is to rule on existing law, not to come up with new laws. I support the idea of safe injection sites, but they should be pushing congress to pass a new bill rather than fighting that in court. It makes no sense to use the argument "they didn't know that this thing was possible" otherwise you could break every law and use that as an argument. Any law that was made before a technological advancement would instantly become outdated as someone argues "they didn't explicitly single out this new concept that wasn't around before". That's not even a legal argument. That'd be like saying "this law says I can't kill people, but it didn't explicitly say I couldn't kill people with this brand new death ray I just invented". The law isn't meant to state very specific instances and concepts, it's meant to be broad to make it harder for loop holes to be formed. If we had to have laws for every specific thing, e.g. a law specifically banning safe injection sites even though that's already covered under the "crackhouse" law, the law would be even more convoluted and less inclusive than it already is, and average citizens (non-lawyers) would have no realistic hope of understanding the laws. They should be lobbying for congress to do something, not fighting this in court.

  22. I’m a big proponent of safe drug sites. If we made drugs safer, less people would died. Most people die because of the additives in the drugs.

  23. American People: Sure, Let open a place where drug addict can openly used illegal drugs, what could go wrong?

    Criminals: Drug dealer, Gangs, Carteles We are open for business boyz!

  24. How narrow minded of that women. “You don’t think about me, or my family, or future children.” You may not know if any of your friends or family or if you, may become hooked on drug in their/your lifetime. If your kids were hooked on something, you’d beg anyone who would listen to let these places run, because it has been proven to save lives. They have nothing but your friends and family in mind.

  25. You know one way of solving the problem is having 1 facility in every city so they are all even lol Maybe consider that option instead?

  26. I'm not going to say there is nothing "wrong" with these sites (if they're needed, there is something wrong) but clearly what is being done currently is not enough. While needle exchange programs may have been instrumental in stopping one part of the issue (blood borne disease transmission) its not stopping the other elephant in the room: deaths (or encouraging recovery). I think that the increase in recovery programs for users at these sites speak for themselves. No one wants to admit that there's an issue in their city – but if it's happening then I'd rather my kids live in a city where users aren't tossing needles on the ground and dying in the streets.

  27. I am against SIS's they let people keep using ILLEGAL drugs, arrest them and make them sober up in jail. These are failed liberal experiments that put people and communities in danger.

  28. You should do a deep dive into why drugs are illegal in the first place. That's a sorted history of racism and classism. You would be shocked. Just a couple cliff notes: it's a war to keep blacks from being able to vote while blaming mexicans for their actions.

  29. who pays for these sites? who's paying for the new clean needles? who's paying to safely get rid of the contaminated needles? are the medical staff volunteering, if not who's paying them to be there? It's 1 thing to talk about these sites, what good they do etc but who is paying for them? That's what needs to be addressed. If the local drug dealers are paying then fine, if big pharma is paying then fine BUT if taxpayers are paying then NO, not fine!

  30. In denmark, around the copenhagen area, there are some injection clinics offering clean needles, bandaids, and a private room that is actually quite spacey, people come from sweden to use them because in sweden even using drugs are illigal and u get massive fines.

  31. As a pharmacist in the Vancouver area, I'm not surprised people are against this based on the stigma around opioids in general. I have people glare at my methadone patients daily and demand to know why they get their medication for free. What they don't understand is that the people I serve are able to hold down jobs and turn their lives around because of these programs, and become contributing members of society again as well.

    This year, Health Canada actually approved injectable hydromorphone as a treatment for opioid addiction. This means that not only are patients being monitored, they are getting a safe supply that is untainted by fentanyl (and it's more potent relatives), AND drug dealing business takes a hit as well. Sure, it's not large scale by any means at this point, but these are all steps in the right direction.

  32. Non drug user here. Given widely acceptable and objective facts, it is clear that these facilities are absolutely beneficial. To deny that at this point would be to demonstrate a complete lack of research into the subject, obstinate bias, or both.

  33. I'm greatly in support of SIFs. What we're doing now Is clearly not working. Try something that has been shown to work other places.

  34. I live outside of Philly and the opioid epidemic has already taken the lives of multiple people I've gone to school with. I hope the facilities get approved.

  35. I know the 10 minute video thing is for monetization, but I RARELY actually watch them. This is youtube, man. If I wanted to focus I'd be somewhere else.

  36. I think it's the mentality people need to change about safe injection sites. They want there to be no drug use, and no lives lost, so accepting a facility like that in their mind is a step backwards and 'enables' the use of drugs. What they need to understand is people are addicted and suffering and they are going to inject themselves. It's happening now, and it's going to happen again, because these people are suffering an addiction that they can't just walk away from so easily – if it was that easy, there wouldn't be an opioid crisis. It is better they have a place that is safe to do it, a place that can offer them help and prevent them from dying in the event of an overdose so they have more time and more opportunities to survive this horrible position they're in.

  37. 5:59, and you my friend not thinking about the children who lose one or both of their parents to drug overdose, you are not thinking about the parent who loses their child to an overdose, you are only thinking of yourself.

  38. SIFs are really good, the only problem most people have is “not in my backyard syndrome” and are just scared that somehow that if they open one, all of a sudden people will go “Shit…never thought about doing crack before, but now there is a place, ballers”

    As a Social Service Worker I can tell you it saves lives and doesn’t make more people do drugs

  39. SIF’s sound like a good idea, you just gotta have enough room for all the people waiting out their highs. In my area, there’s a huge homeless/opioid problem and it’s hard to get proper permission to expand certain buildings. Many buildings in my area (due to everything being expensive af) are way too small

  40. Even when you pointed out the same concern of residences over and over again you still never showed wether there was an actual reduction in crime in or around the areas where these sites are set up. This is the missing statistic that you should have looked for and if you couldn't find it at least point out that you tried.

  41. Ppl with chronic pain are losing their meds and we hand out needles to addicts. There is a problem with that. #dontpunishpainrally

  42. This actually sounds like a great idea. Not only do they have staff nearby to help in case of an overdose, but they get a little bit of counselling at the end to maybe ease them into going to rehab? It's a great step in the right direction.

    Now I just wished my country could do this instead of massacring all the drug users and dealers thy could find.

  43. Within three minutes of this video, my first reaction was "What in the fuckery is this?! Who would encourage someone to actively do drugs in front of them?!" but I had to talk myself down from a level 10 WTF to a level 2, lol. I suppose if someone is going to use drugs anyways, might as well ensure they're going to be relatively okay afterwards. And if someone has already taken that first step to sign up at such a center, they're already doing great. That first step can be the first in weaning them off. But initially, this sounded very crazy, lol!

    Edit: Reading these comments have been amazing and is why I love the work you guys do. These discussions are great and are bringing me more insight, especially to those who were or are addicts who are sharing their stories. Thank you.

  44. it is discouraging to see the world bend over backwards to help addicts but then punish chronic pain patients who need pain meds because people are idiots and demonize a pill instead of the real causes.. chronic pain patients are constantly getting hurt by this horrible crackdown of pain medicine prescriptions. Forced tapering is only pushing others to suicide! PLEASE DO AN EPISODE ON THE MILLIONS WHO ARE BEING DRIVEN TO SUICIDE BECAUSE OF THIS HORRIBLE AND UNJUST OPIOID CRACKDOWN! We need to deal with addicts and help them but NOT at the expense at million with severe chronic pain patients' lives!

  45. Yes !
    It’s would be sooo much better to have them in a safe site where they can throw away their needles.
    I don’t like to sit down on Bart because we’ve found open needles in between the seats.
    We can’t just ignore it and continue to let it happen, something is better than nothing.

  46. Look how far screaming and stomping your feet has gotten you at this point.

    Do you really think that it'll get better by doing nothing?
    SIF's also offer more information, and resources that they wouldn't have had either way.
    Needle exchanges, while good, do absolutely nothing to stop ODING.

  47. So in Colorado we have lots of new programs in hospitals to help people get through withdraws of drugs and to educate them and to work on getting them help. I work at one and it's amazing and if we had the help of Safe To Inject Places we could help out more because if they had a bad trip they would come to the hospital and get help and be seen by the specialists to get them to drug rehabs. I'm all for this, Colorado has a big meth problem.

  48. I've been saying it should be Decriminalized and the Gov should help them.
    Just look at, I believe its, Portugal.
    If you make things legal, you can add restrictions and properly monitor/report the facts. You could even make people pay or have to do community service to take drugs in a safe house. You can give these people resources for homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and better educate people on drugs

  49. It's not only an area that is safe for injecting, but it's an environment centered around caring for your health. Environments plays a key factor in these kinds of scenarios, because of the fact you're being removed from your home, a drug den, a dealers home, or off the streets. It's centralizing the area these Injections are done as well which can help police actually crack down on where these drugs are being circulated. Taking out the drug dealers is much more effective at reducing drug overdoses, and the amount of drugs in your area if you're actively watching. Of course, this doesn't help the overarching problem if you're just compliant, but it is killing 2 birds with one stone if you're perceptive enough about it.

  50. I work in a health clinic for the homeless population of my city. This comment is just my perspective and doesn't reflect the clinic's views, it's just my firsthand experience from working with patients who suffer from opioid dependence.
    We have a designated room where people can come to ride out their highs called SPOT (Safe Place for Observation and Treatment). I genuinely think that places like this make a large difference on the opioid crisis. If a patient comes into clinic extremely sedated, the only alternative outside of sending them to SPOT would be calling an ambulance and sending them to the emergency room, where not much can be done outside of letting the person sleep and monitoring their O2/bp. It often takes hours to come down from a high, creating a waste of time and money for the hospital. Places like SPOT make a positive impact in the lives of people who struggle with addiction–they are treated with dignity and understanding during an extremely vulnerable point in their lives. It must be recognized that addiction recovery is an absolute rollercoaster of a process, and relapses are sometimes inevitable. SPOT represents a non-judgemental atmosphere where people receive the resources and support they so desperately need to combat addiction. As for safe injection sites, I think that they may have a similar impact on the opioid crisis, but only time will tell if America legalizes such spaces.

  51. Okay why are we even talking about this like it’s a question, countries like Switzerland, as you mentioned, already proved this has better success rates than American prisons.
    What’s the opinion to be had? It’s proven drastically viable. Stop asking people opinions when there are numbers and data to back it up.

  52. It's all about harm reduction. The current system isn't working. Having trained professionals available who can offer individuals information on rehabilitation and prevent over doses is crucial. I commend the providers who work in these facilities.

  53. I am a resident of Kensington and there are several inaccuracies in this report. 1. Safehouse is not a Christian non-profit organization. 2. The woman pictured in the video is not Safehouse Attorney Illana Eisenstein. 3. The majority of residents are not in favor of opening a Safe Injection Site in the area. 15,000 people have signed petitions against opening a site in this residential neighborhood. The Drexel study with the 90% statistic that was cited in the report has been largely discredited as biased and of poor methodology . Safe Injection proponents like to say that no deaths have occurred inside the sites, but cannot provide data about what happens OUTSIDE the site after the clients leave. The concerns of neighbors are mostly to do with safety as Safehouse has proposed establishing the SIS just 50 feet away from a children's Day Care Center. Crime is way up in Calgary and Vancouver near their Safe Injection Sites and Insite's claims there is no increase in crime is untrue and irresponsible. Philadelphia is different than the European cities who have Safe Injection Sites because those cities have federal support, drug courts, gun control, expanded mental health facilities, socialized medicine, Safe Supply and MAT. Safehouse has not explained who will provide those wrap-around services, or the police's role in the immediate area surrounding the SIS. They have also not explained why they thought 50 feet from a Day Care center would be a good idea place to open a 24 hour clinic serving 500+ IV drug users each day. There is also the issue of clustering social services into one small area, which leads to problems like Methadone Mile in Boston, which no one wants. Everyone agrees if that this type of facility would best be placed in a hospital, yet no local hospital has agreed to open a site on their premises, citing risk factors. If the risk is too great for multi-billion dollar corporations, why should a poor/working class neighborhood have to take on that risk? Until the mayor agrees to open the SIS in City Hall or on his residential street, the residents will be against opening one on ours.

  54. I live in a city with needle exchanges but not safe injection sites. The end result is ODs in public library washroom stalls, and parking garage stairwells. It's …. frankly, it's horrible. It's staff-needing-legit-PTSD-therapy horrible. And seeing it in person has personally changed my perception of the problem.

    Do I want one in a solely residential area? Not really. But in downtown cores, or near known hotspots? Yes to SIFs.

  55. Safe injection site are usually located in areas with high homeless populations, it doesn't bring any new crime in it just helps support the people on the streets and the other members of the community. The safe injection site in downtown Calgary is in a hospital with various different departments and provides care from everyone from high class business men, middle class family's to homeless addicts.

  56. I think the SIFs are a necessary evil for America to beat the opioid crisis and I think they will help a lot of people. At the same time I can’t really blame the people in that neighborhood for be scared of it especially since it’s such a new concept for the US.

  57. We would literally be choosing the lives of drug users over our children.
    Hmm, What if, let's say, your child, trying to escape from you because you are so fucking uptight, becomes a drug user ? would you not rather have them be given access to help ?
    also, it's not because someone has an addiction that their lives don'T matter.

  58. Sept 19th 2015 I lost my mom the an OD. It was one of the first times you heard about heroine being mixed with fentanyl. I don’t think a safe injection site would have saved her life. Most users aren’t going to go to these sites. Yet at the same time it would save some. Until we can figure out how to stop the problem altogether not much will change.

  59. I fully support this. I'm just worried about who would inject these drugs. The Hippocratic Oath says to do no harm, wouldn't this prevent actual doctors from taking part in this? If a doctor injects drugs into someone they know will harm them, then sits around to see if they have any fatal symptoms, doesnt it go agaisnt there oaths?

  60. While i'm not completely against it, I'd prefer my tax dollars not go toward this. I'd far rather it be done through non-profit groups and just decriminalize the damn drugs.

    More people will be prone to seeking help if they weren't breaking the law. Additionally, more people would be willing to call 911 for overdoses if there wasn't a stigma around drugs.

    But to know my taxes are literally paying for drugs… no.

  61. Absolutely not in favor. If not if these sites opened in my neighborhood I would pack up and sell my home. Also who pays for them? If people are dumb enough to do drugs and they overdose that is their choice. Darwinism

  62. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have a huuuuuge opioid epidemic. We had 3 huge raids after 3 huge overdoses while I was living sound Pittsburgh. One of my distant cousins was one of those thay died in the 2nd batch. I really dont see the down side here. Oh no the problem are all centralized now where we can better monitor them.

  63. I don't think an SIF would have saved my friend from overdosing, but it might be able to save someone else and thats fine by me.

  64. I’m sure they’d change their perspective if it was their friends and families that were drug addicts and in desperate need of help and support.

  65. As somebody who lives in a town where several injection sites have been implemented,and having lived most of my life in a large city we're safe injection sites have been going for a while here in Canada, those places being Red Deer currently, and Calgary, I can tell you without a doubt in my mind, these injection sites can be very successful in their missions, or they can fail spectacularly and do nothing but damage the neighborhoods around them. In Calgary, one of the largest cities in Alberta, the facilities are mostly located downtown, if not entirely located downtown, and almost always within a specific distance of a medical facility, along with that, there has been an increased police presence in every location where these injection sites have gone in, the end result has been higher use of rehab facilities, fewer overdose deaths, and crime rates in these areas have not really moved one way or the other.However, Red Deer differs because instead of being a large city, it is a moderately sized town which barely had the medical facilities to accommodate it's population of drug users before the injection sites. these sites were placed near or in neighborhoods as opposed to downtown or near medical, because red deer's downtown core is actually quite small, and it only has one major medical facility. These factors combined with the fact that red deer is policed by the RCMP, and the Red deer RCMP dettachments being currently understaffed, have led to a massive spike in crime across the town. also, with red deer being in such close proximity to many small towns, villages, and otherwise, it has attracted the addicted homeless, as well as vagrant junkies from across central Alberta, most of which barely had a way to get to Red Deer let alone a way to leave. This is led to a massive spike in red deer's homeless population, as well as vagrancy and it's downtown core. the crime rate, and the vagrancy has gotten so bad downtown, that businesses that have been in downtown Red Deer for the last 20 to 30 years, have decided overnight to pack up and move their business elsewhere in Red Deer. This has caused downtown vacancy rates to hit 25%, the highest it's ever been, and is projected to reach 50% in the near future. And worse than that, the neighborhoods around these injection sites have experienced severe levels of vandalization, as well as break ins, theft from vehicles, and violence. I personally have had to clean out human feces several times in the last year, from the outdoor stairwell into my basement, and have more than once caught some one trying to gain entry to my home with me inside. Red Deer does not have the infrastructure, or the facilities, or currently the police presence to handle the side effects of these injection sites, and therefore, they have caused way more problems than good.

    These sites can work, if where they're being placed is well thought out, and well equipped to handle the side effects

  66. I'm so happy you mentioned as much as you did about Canada! I can use this to help people understand what these places do beyond just free-clean needles!! (Canadian)

  67. I Live in a city with only one Injection site. A big problem locally is that all of the addicts are now concentrated in one area, and they tend to leave their needles everywhere. The fact that the local Safe Injection site is only open 10am-6pm is insane. I'm ultimately pro Safe Injection site, but damn they need to open more than one in a city at a time.

  68. Look at smaller cities in Canada that has SiS especially in BC and Alberta. In those areas with the sites it is filthy, dangerous and multiple homeless camps. Yes they work but it the negatives out weigh the positives. There are much better options.

  69. Why doesn’t the government provides free drug in these safe places for users too so they have no need to steal, or rob people to buy drug.

  70. That is disgusting. Every time I see them nodded over like that it makes me think how bad their breath stinks. You know it stank!!!!!!!!!!

  71. Sure, have this built across your house. Glorify all the piss and needles youll see laying around. Let your kids run around the area.

  72. Stop calling one of the last shreads of natural selection an "Epidemic".
    Addiction is almost always more mental then phiscal.
    Remeber that next time you blame something.

  73. People are gonna do drugs regardless. Might as well have a place where someone is there to make sure they're not dying in the gutter.

  74. As a former herion user I can say that maybe 10 years ago this may not have been necessary, but more recently it has become sorely needed. The game has changed since feyntanol hit the streets, and what people dont realize is drug addiction is no respecter of persons. Wealthy, poor, white, black, lower, upper, and middle class… These distinctions mean nothing when it comes to addiction. The same people who complain about these sites may one day have a family member dealing with this issue, and at that point I'm sure they'd be grateful they exist.

  75. former coke addict here, the only surefire way for someone to stop using is to hit rock bottom… and these facilities enable them to not bottom out, perpetuating their abuse and contributing to all the accompanying societal issues… this looks like compassion when in practice it exacerbates the problems of the very people it's professing to aid

  76. Does the general public actually need this question answered for them? Come on, think for yourself. We the tax payers as a whole are intelligent. We go to work everyday, we keep this country funded, we are perfectly capable of thinking and deciding for ourselves without a biased media outlet trying to tell us how to think!!!!

  77. This stinks of NIMBYism, but we need actual data over anecdotes for munition to shoot down arguments about increasing crime rates however stupid they might be.

  78. So this woman from Kensington doesn't think that drug users are someone's children? If her kids grow up to be drug users does she care about them less? Would she be okay with someone refusing her children safety and a chance to get better on account of their children? These things have to start getting better somewhere but no body wants it to start in their backyard and nobody wants to admit that their is a problem in their neighborhood.

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