Friday, July 22, 2016
Two decades of harm reduction has Surrey knee-deep in needles
Magnificent article in the Surrey Now by Tom Zytaruk. He compares our lopsided version of harm reduction to pouring more gasoline on a fire. Handing out free needles is one thing. Handing out free crack pipes and letting crack dealers sell crack is another. The article confirms that the Whalley Strip where they let crack dealers sell crack is a magnet for crime. Wherever the police *allow* drug dealers to sell crack, crime statistics jump exponentially. Now the failed social experiment has seen a dramatic increase in crime and has left us knee deep in needles.
Needle exchanges used to be exchanges. You hand in a used needle for a new clean one. Once they did away with that policy, needles were thrown everywhere. Schools, playgrounds, even in the isles of the Whalley Safeway. Used needles are everywhere and it has become a serious health risk to everyone in the community. Even Snoop Dog thinks it's crazy.
Tom Zytaruk also cites valid concerns about the insane request to build a "safe" inhalation site for people to smoke crack. Aside from being absurd he quotes W.P. Kinsella who said “If you build it, he will come.” He then correctly applies that to a "safe" injection site in Surrey and how that will attract drug users and potential drug users from across the country and around the world. That is something we do not need or want in our community.