Safe Injection Sites

1065 WordsMar 26, 20125 Pages
In an ally, doorway, or behind a telephone pole, people crouch to inject their deadly dose of cocaine, heroin, and other drugs, oblivious to the daytime traffic on a nearby street. This is the day to day life of the drug users in downtown Vancouver; do you think there is nothing that can be done? Well, there is. Safe injections sites are a clean, safe, supervised environment where drug users can inject their own drugs off the streets, and connect to addiction, health and community services. InSite is the first and only supervised injection site in North America (InSite for Community Safety). InSite is located at 139 East Hastings Street, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. More safe injection sites will greatly reduce overdose…show more content…
It is encouraging to know “the fact that no instances of syringe lending or borrowing were observed among individuals who reported performing all injections within the safe injection site...” (M.W. Tyndall et al.). Drug users that go to InSite for their injections are less likely to lend a syringe to someone else. Ninety-four percent of frequent safe injection site users refused to lend out a syringe in the last six months compared to the eighty-nine percent of infrequent users. This is because InSite users benefit from safer injecting education. Approximately eighty percent of safe injection site users practice safer injection (i.e. reusing syringes less often, injecting indoors, and using clean water and equipment). This is also because of learning about safer injecting. The transmission of blood-borne diseases has been reduced and will continue to if more safe injection sites are opened in the Lower Mainland. The number of safe injection sites in the Lower Mainland must increase immediately. More safe injection sites will reduce the transmission of blood-borne infections, will notably reduce public injections and improve public order, and will greatly reduce overdose fatalities. More safe injection sites are needed in our city as soon as possible; action must be taken immediately. Works Cited Kerr, Thomas , Mark W. Tyndall, Calvin Lai, Julio S.G. Montaner, and Evan Wood. "Drug-related overdoses within a medically supervised safer injection facility."
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