When I was scrolling through Facebook I saw a post of memorable moments from 2018 and this picture appeared.
This photo spoke to me for so many reasons. You can see the pain and truth behind the addiction, but you also wonder about the addict. I want to know if these people know they are being photographed in these moments do we help them or leave them in this state because it is better for a few dollars. Ok now that I’ve expressed those feelings let us explore the other part of this the bigger part of this. They want to set up medically supervised drug injection sites to combat the opioid epidemic. I read an article from NPR (I don’t always find it as a credible source but for this purpose I will use it.) These places will provide clean supplies, a safe place without fear or shame and is equipped with staff to help. Are we encouraging drug use because it is safe now? Is this going to help the opioid epidemic around the country? Isn’t this just going to piss off dealers when the government takes their business? Are addicts going to use this without worrying about being tracked by the government? These clinics do exist in Europe, Canada and Australia. It says that they bring their own drugs (I guess the dealers pockets stay lined.) The staff are also equipped to handle overdoses.
Canada’s studies report that it has supervised over 3.6 MILLION INJECTIONS and responded to 6,000 overdoses and no one has died….yet…. Well there is no negative sides of the site there is no proof that it is helping anything. I just think this is another way for the government to tax and control an epidemic just to make extra money. They take advantage of the weaknesses to make a few extra dollars. What do you think about this? Are we exploiting the worst in people for extra money? What if we offer safe clinics to help people with mental health issues?