Vancouver injection clinics may sounds like a common theme but there is actually only one legal injection clinic in Vancouver. This injection clinic is known as Insite. This Vancouver injection clinic is located in Vancouver, British Columbia in the Downtown Eastside. Vancouver injection clinics, specifically Insite, offers a safe place that is health focused for injection drug users. These injection drug users primarily abuse heroin, cocaine, and morphine. Vancouver injection clinics don’t supply the drugs but the medical staff is present to provide addiction treatment, mental health assistance, and first aid if any of it is needed. The first aid is especially important in the event of an overdose or wound. Vancouver injection clinics usually see around 300,000 thousand drug users a year, around 700 visits a day. Only around 480 overdoses have occurred and none of them were fatal.
Vancouver injection clinics are paid for by Health Canada which has provided half a million dollars per year to operate the injection sites. The BC Ministry of Health has given over a million dollars to renovate the injection clinic, Insite and to cover the costs to operate it. Believe it or not the police are in on the Vancouver injection clinics too. Partners of the Vancouver injection clinics are the Vancouver Police Department, and the PHS Community Services Society. Vancouver injection clinics also get support from many higher ups, such as, Vancouver’s mayor Gregor Robertson, former mayor Sam Sullivan, Premier of BC Gordon Campbell, and former mayors Larry Campbell, Mike Harcourt, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The Chinatown and Gastown merchants associations are also now in support of the Vancouver injection clinics. International support also exists for these injection sites in Vancouver. For instance Senlis Council, the Australian Parliamentary Group for Drug Law Reform and the American Drug Policy Alliance.
This doesn’t mean that Vancouver injection clinics don’t draw criticism either. The Bush administration and the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy termed Vancouver injection clinics “state sponsored suicide”. The Canadian Police Association also voted against funding Vancouver injection clinics.
Vancouver injection clinics are operated by Vancouver Coastal Health and the Portland Health Society.
The research for Vancouver injection clinics shows that it has tons of benefits which include but are not limited to:
- Reductions in public injecting
- Reduction in syringe sharing
- Increase in the use of detox services
- Increase in the use of addiction treatment
- Decrease in overdose deaths
Vancouver injection clinics also successfully attract injection users and therefore decrease public injecting.
Vancouver injection clinics or ‘Insite’ has strong local support. Vancouver injection clinics are well liked all throughout British Columbia and its popularity is highest within Vancouver. 76% of the residents of Vancouver were in support of injection clinics. Vancouver injection clinics are places that IV drug users can go and meet normal people with smiles on their faces that will give them everything they need to shoot up in a clean and safe environment. This is severely controversial and raises a lot of eyebrows especially within the United States. Although within Vancouver there is definitely an acceptance of it.
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