Davies urges Harper government to respect the B.C. Court of Appeal decision on Insite

BC COURT OF APPEAL GOT IT RIGHT

Davies urges Harper government to respect the B.C. Court of Appeal decision on Insite

VANCOUVER – Today’s British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling to uphold the B.C. Supreme Court decision allowing Insite, the first safe injection site in Canada, to remain open is a victory following its six year struggle to operate.

New Democrat Substance Abuse Critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) is urging the federal government to not appeal this decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“It would be a complete waste of public funds to appeal this decision. It’s time for the Conservative government to respect the Court’s decision and the overwhelming public support for Insite,” said Davies. “Insite prevents the transmission of infectious disease, and stabilizes lives enough to get people into the vital treatment they need. It must remain open, and the Conservative government must stop its unconscionable interference.”

More than 40 peer-reviewed research papers have demonstrated that Insite saves lives, saves money, and improves public safety.

“The Conservatives need to make decisions based on facts. It’s time they recognized that Insite is a critical and helpful means of addressing drug addiction,” said Davies.

This Press Release was posted on January 15, 2010