Montreal’s municipal gvernment has given conditional support to the city getting its first drug-injection site — a clean well-lighted place inside of which drug users could shoot up cocaine, heroin or anything else, with a nurse on hand to supervise. Indeed city hall wants three such sites plus a large van that could travel around the city offering the same service to a less mobile clientele.
The experience of North America’s first such site in Vancouver showed that such sites could prevent overdose deaths, avert the spread of disease from dirty needles and assist the entry of addicts into detox programs.
As of now about 70 Montrealers a year die from overdoses and injection-transmitted diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C so the sooner these sites are up and running the sooner lives will be saved.
Still, there is opposition to these plans. Would you want such a drug injection site in your neighborhood? Such a site could attract people with mental health problems, beggars and sellers of drugs.
One suggestion is to put such sites inside CLSCs and hospitals. But would the addicts go to these institutions?
Would you agree to a drug injection site in your neighborhood.
Should we have drug injection sites to save lives?
What do you think