Conservatives ignore law and science to shut down InSite - Libby Speaking out for InSite

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 9, 2010

VANCOUVER - Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East, called on the Conservative Government today to explain their decision to ignore multiple court rulings in favour of keeping open InSite, Canada’s safe injection site.

“InSite saves lives,” said Davies. “The science proves it, and the B.C Supreme Court and B.C. Appeal Court agree. Yet the Conservatives continue to spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on legal fees to try to shut it down,” added Davies. "Canadians want an explanation”

The Conservatives appealed the B.C. Supreme Court’s earlier ruling that InSite should remain open however, the B.C. Appeal Court upheld the lower court’s ruling and further ruled that InSite is under provincial, not federal jurisdiction.

Over twenty peer-reviewed studies show the supervised injection site reduces the spread of HIV/AIDS and incidences of drug overdoses among drug users, while increasing the number of users accessing rehabilitation and similar services.

“If the Conservatives are really tough on crime, they should respect the law and support these harm reduction strategies that work,” said Davies. “Evidence based success should be shaping Canada's drug policy, not the Conservative's ideology."

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5 Comments

Disgusting MP

How can you say Insight saves lives when it doesn't get them off the drugs that can kill them
Harper is right in wanting to shut it down it is a waste of tax payer dollars and it doesn't clean them up and put them back into society to work and straighten their lives out.
They need treatment something like Vision Quest can do!!!!!!!!!!

Insite: a way out, and worth the raucous

Iniste does help people get off drugs- it's a place where many users on the Downtown Eastside feel safe, are treated with the dignity owed to all humans (e.g., nobody labels them 'disgusting'), and are connected with resources that will aid in their recovery. Insite also has a detox centre on its upper level. Everybody involved with Insite wants to see 100% of its consumers recover from substance abuse, but along the way it's important to promote their health.

12, 236 vists. 5, 268 referrals to services (detox and treatment). 3,383 medical interventions, and 221 overdoses. No fatalities. This information is from Insite's webpage, under user statistics.

Nobody was actually endangered in that protest, depsite police commentary, (which I will add, other police contradicted). It is our current government who should be ashamed for trying to bar the doors to recovery for the residents of the DTES.

Insite Protest

Yes, it saves lives but protesting and chaining and sealing off doors to innocent bystanders are unacceptable. You should be ashamed of yourself libby davies