“Vancouver is a city with a lot of harm-reduction tools in its tool box and, still, we’ve barely slowed the wave of overdoses,” Mr. Robertson said. Mr. Robertson is Vancouver’s outgoing mayor. He reflected on his experience managing the city through the opioid crisis. Number of times the article mentions recovery = 0 Number of times … Continue reading Sentences to ponder
UPDATE: looks like this study has been retracted. I’ll post more, when I know more about why. UPDATE 2: German Lopez has an update here. A new meta-analysis of research on supervised injection sites delivers some disappointing conclusions for advocates: One of the aims of MSICs (Medically Supervised Injection Centres) is to reduce harms associated … Continue reading New study casts doubt about injection site effectiveness
Over the last week, there have been two noteworthy stories on supervised injection sites. NYC planning supervised injection sites The first story was in the New York Times and reported on NYC considering supervised injection sites and looking to Toronto for their experience. The scouts from NYC are seeking to learn what they can to … Continue reading What would things look like if we believed they could recover?
British Columbia has long been cited as a model for North American drug policy and harm reduction implementation. BC has established a Death Review Panel in response to the overdose crisis. The panel recently issued a report with 3 recommendations. The first recommendation to regulate recovery homes, which currently require only a simple inspection of … Continue reading Overdose crisis? Or, addiction crisis?
Another day, another troubling headline. If you believe that the access to “safer” drugs is the problem, maybe vending machines will “fix Vancouver’s drug crisis.” For more than a decade, we’ve been told that Vancouver is the model the US should emulate. No North American city has been more aggressive in implementing harm reduction practices—safe … Continue reading “You get used to it pretty quickly”
If you spend much time following news about addiction treatment, you’ll start to notice a pattern. There’s a lot of skepticism about addiction as a disease and abstinence-based treatment. Somehow, addiction treatment has become a front in the culture wars and articles that attack 12 step recovery (this particular article earned he writer an award) or promote maintenance … Continue reading I really hope they are willing to listen to the evidence
Public health workers are declaring their harm reduction approach a success: Harm reduction — not a war on drugs — has reduced illicit drug use and improved public safety in what was once Ground Zero for an HIV and overdose epidemic that cost many lives, says a 15-year study of drug use in Vancouver’s impoverished … Continue reading The surgery was a success, but…
InSite, Vancouver’s safe injection center has formed an alliance with residents in a retirement home to lobby for exemptions from the non-smoking policy of a shared funding source. Ironies abound.
Someone tweeted this drug policy proposal the other day: We need to do something effective to rid them of the addiction, and protect the public from drug-related crime so long as they are addicted. That means addicts should be segregated from society until they are no longer addicted. Put them in jail for long terms? … Continue reading Some would never qualify for release
The NY Times has an article on harm reduction efforts in Vancouver called “An H.I.V. Strategy Invites Addicts In“. It is entirely focused on HIV reduction with just a passing reference to detox and NO mention of ANY effort to facilitate recovery. Getting people with HIV onto meds is a VERY good thing. The rest … Continue reading Invited in to what?