Conservative Drug Strategy Failing Aboriginals

OTTAWA – New Democrats are demanding urgent action from the federal government on the crisis of HIV infection among Vancouver’s aboriginal drug users. The release of a new study reporting that aboriginal injection drug users in Vancouver were twice as likely as non-aboriginal users to be infected with HIV is cause for great concern. The research is clear: the Conservatives’ American-style drug strategy doesn’t work. This study shows that the government’s failed drug strategy may actually be threatening the lives and health of aboriginal Canadians. This study is yet more evidence of how Stephen Harper’s government is failing aboriginal Canadians. The government should address this health crisis by increasing support for community-based aboriginal health and treatment programs.