Not decriminalized but restricted

As an RN, I have been watching the overdose epidemic unfold and talk with front line personnel directly affected by it. Instead of decriminalizing the drugs, we need to in a safe place, offer the drugs (so the source is safe) and the equipment and place to use them. For those who want their own drugs, they can still use the space. It would be run by RN's, social workers, paramedics (to help with overdoses), pharmacists and perhaps doctors (though with paramedics there, the doctor can be accessed at the hospital). No carfentynal used and direct access to medical help for all issues, housing, nutrition, side effects, health issues, etc. More of these and mobile health units will much better deal with the problems. BC also needs to push the federal government for better and more often border and custom searches to catch the drugs and people bringing them.

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  • commented 2017-01-30 18:04:54 -0800
    This is in regards to the current fentanyl crisis. The users are using drugs that are essentially what already exists in hospitals. Some stolen, some smuggled in and then cut with baking soda, or more problematic drugs like the carfentanyl being cut into fentanyl currently. Already the drugs are legal, except carfentanyl, and the site already exists, in Insite. The product would be provided so it is safe and then people are there. It would need to be staffed, etc. Many more sites would need to be created. Obviously, many people would choose not to use the sites so perhaps more mobile (bikes) health personnel would also help. More centres in the rest of the province and the mobile main the major areas.
  • commented 2017-01-27 17:13:06 -0800
    I am not sure how this proposal would work. I sense the intent is to protect people from hazardous effect of drugs, but how do you change peoples choices when presently they know they are buying illegal drugs that could kill them. The majority of use is recreational and its in every community in BC/Canada. To compete with the current providers you would have to provide a significant variety of tested and approved product, provide a comfortable non-intrusive setting, staffed with non-judgemental professionals, located on almost every block, open 24 hours a day. I can’t imagine the criminal element saying “well looks like the government outsmarted us, I guess I’ll have to get a job at McDonalds.”
    Unless you attack the cause – poverty, stress, pointlessness you would spend billions and still be chasing the next chemical bomb the criminals throw into the market.
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