LETTER – It’s not just about safe drug use, it’s about change to lifestyle

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Re: ‘Why drug consumption sites for kids are not so outrageous’

It is a condemnation of our society, I feel, that things have come to the point where this is being recommended. I also think that just like children who are in homes where they are being abused or denied the necessities of life, those who are addicted to drugs should be removed from those locations and put through a recovery program and then led through a harm reduction program, as well as being taught life skills. For those old enough, they could be given job training. This is something I would put my money toward.

If left where they are when they are when identified as needing to use a safe drug consumption site, they will simply revert to their old life style. It’s not just about safe drug use, but a wholesale change to the lifestyle that got them to that point in the first place. If this is not done, then we are wasting our time and failing the children. The same philosophy should direct our treatment of adults as well.

I worked on the streets for 35 years in health care and so I have seen this problem first hand with no comprehensive plan put in place, resulting in the loss of life when people are left to their own devices. I also know of the cost to our health care system ( in a general way ), never mind to society, which will exist until we change our priorities.


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