I do not know quite what to think on Van's safe-injection site.
Part of me says: " You (you is the addict) had to try the drug first and this is usually done without coercion; then you had to learn how to use it to gain the effect - smoke/snort then ultimately learn to inject into veins ; you did the drug again and again and again knowing it was addictive - so how I am supposed to feel compassion?
I really do not know what the other part of me says. I just know that I am not a co-dependent (caretaker) or rescuer/martyr so I do not feel the extreme need to go out there to enable people to do drugs safely whilst they are purposefully destroying theirs and others lives. Does the carefully develeped criminal element in an addict's personality magically disappear when they have free drugs? They are probably still not working so do not have a personal income. The twisted psychological perspective must remain so they would need to continue to act out those patterns. Wouldn't they?
Author Gene Hayman states that addiction is a disorder of choice. In fact he wrote a book: Addiction: A Disorder of Choice
which flogs to death the current (codependent-based) popular idea that drug and alcohol addictions are diseases. No...they are choices!!
Each addict begets a host of victims; you know - like the families who still love the users/abusers and are so angst ridden that they become emotionally depleted especially when their daughter/son is constantly breaking in and stealing from them? Also in their wake are the current and former friends who become emotionally and financially depleted yet feel they cannot give up on their friend. Or people such as neighbours, business owners, passers-by that they prey upon and rob. Maybe I should mention car theft and insane chases through the populated streets whilst they are out of their minds on crack laughing at society for being so stupid. Or how about home invasions and terror tactics to feed their need for more stolen goods to pawn so they can get some more drugs.
I would make certain that no free injection site is opened up in our neigbourhood for when that occurs the neighbourhood is doomed for along with the safe-site come the addicts and their other dark, nefarious habits and criminal associates.
Everyone who is not an addict is the potential prey/victim of the addict. Do I think that safe injection sites help? I do not have enough information on this but it seems to me that if they have free drugs to use they do not need to quit and that just doesn't seem helpful to me.
I have diabetes and have coped with chronic pain and illness, for 7 long years, without alcohol or drugs. I learned to live with this ongoing state because I am an adult and must hold myself accountable for my thoughts and actions and how I affect society. If husband lost his job, again, and were unable to find another, or to afford BC Med at $109.00 for 2 per month- is there a safe free insulin injection site for diabetics?
The people who choose to become addicted by using addictive drugs believe that the world owes them. No, we do not. They are supposed to be self-accountable and be contributing members of society. Instead they are a drain on society and the perpetrators of most of the crimes. Wait a minute - I think I have come to a conclusion now - no I do not want to support Vancouver safe ejection sites...no...no...no.
Last edited by Elder; May 27th, 2011 at 12:39 AM..