Re: Vancouverís safe-injection siteMay 27th, 2011
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?
So when you see someone who suffers from severe depression, do you feel they should just get over it already or should they get medical help to limit the negative affects of depression while psychology and regular therapy teach them to deal with the mental aspects of the problem?
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?
The addict, having to raise that money to continue the drug supply, resorts to whatever means to do so until all resources are exhausted. Inevitably resorting to criminal activity such as trafficking, prostitution, theft and ultimately violence as the drug takes control of their life.
Compassion in the right feeling Elder. First and foremost is someone who has an issue that isn't being dealt with.
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!
Some people are susceptible to addiction while others are not. Myself, I have no addictions to drugs or alcohol. I've done most of them too and not just once. I can walk away from it when I choose to for some reason. Food on the other hand, is what got me. Not because I don't know how to eat or cook, or what I should be doing for my own good.
Addiction is a difficult thing to deal with and to dismiss it as a choice like mashed potatoes or fries with a meal is wrong. It's like saying someone who will burn themselves to save a small child from a burning building is simply overly emotional and should have left the child to decide if they want to live or not. For some, it's simply not a choice. They have to act to save that child. It's not a question of right or wrong, it's an undeniable force that they react to.
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.
This isn't how you should treat someone with mental illness nor is it a way to treat someone who has a serious drug addiction.
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.
They are located in skid row where people are living in boxes, because they have no where else to go when they are in the down cycle of their addiction.
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?
I know what I would do if it was my wife in your shoes.
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.
Taking the "Let's just get rid of them" line simply ends up on our own doorstep when we're the one's left who need to be gotten rid of. Helping others means that there are many willing hands to help you when you have fallen.
Insite doesn't give free drugs to drug addicts. Insite does help addicts reduce infection and over dosing while providing information and referral services to addicts when they have that moment of clarity and want to stop using drugs. While not a cure, it helps to reduce the harm caused by the abuse of addictive IV drugs.