Quote from Robert Ouellet.
“Robert Ouellet a radiologist in Montreal, said safe injection sites are an important point of entry for addicts into the health care system. He said the goal is harm reduction — by lowering the risk of disease transmission through dirty needles — as well as by providing education about drug addiction”.
Health Minister Tony Clement does what ReformaCons do best, try to win by smearing your opponent. Of course when the case you are making has no real basis in fact, smear tactics are what’s left.
This time it is doctors who support Insite who are getting slammed.
“Is it ethical for health-care professionals to support the administration of drugs that are of unknown substance, or purity or potency — drugs that cannot otherwise be legally prescribed?”
In any other medical setting, supervised overdoses would be considered “highly unprofessional,”
So are we meant to nod our heads in agreement that many Canadian doctors are both unethical and unprofessional? This is though the same government who wants politicians not doctors to decide what can/should/will be done with women’s reproductive concerns. Little wonder then that they have no hesitancy in purporting to know more about how to treat addicts than health care professionals.
Clement goes on to talk about continued efforts at addiction treatment, however, treatment has many facets such as dealing with underlying issues of addiction and life changes. Many addicts are poor and/or homeless and often have some sort of background of abuse or mental health issues. This are issues that need to be addressed long before what are often shame based treatments are considered.
In any case the lock ’em all up crowd of which the Cons are part, see prison as the treatment for addiction. War on Drugs™ and all that. The major source of concern is more likely that places such as Insite humanize rather than demonize those with addiction.
Canada’s New Government™ is old, stale and mouldy and needs to be thrown out like last months bread.