People won’t flood Duncan just to use safe injection site

I highly doubt that people are going to pick up and leave their known safe zones

letters

People won’t flood Duncan just to use safe injection site

Re: “If you build it….”, (Citizen, Oct. 29)

First off, I have to admit to some confusion about where exactly Ms. Scott was going with her letter to the editor on Oct. 29, 2020.

At first she seems to imply that by building a safe injection site (SIS) that Duncan is going to see a mass influx of people — to do what, she doesn’t say precisely. However, if Ms. Scott is implying that Duncan is going to see a mass influx of drug addicts who are going to take over the area in order to inject there, then Ms. Scott, I have to inform you, that you are wrong!

In fact, Duncan already has a safe injection site, along with five other cities on Vancouver Island, three in the Interior Health authority, four in the Fraser Health Authority and at least two in Vancouver proper. I highly doubt that people are going to pick up and leave their known safe zones to move to another city just to be able to inject an illegal narcotic at a different SIS. It may be different, say, if the Duncan SIS was giving away free drugs too, but that’s not what’s happening here.

My second point of confusion was your mention of a yearly $6.5 million health care grant, who benefits from it; homeless or health care professionals and why couldn’t they build low cost housing with that money and provide health care and support services, instead of building an SIS.

And my answer to you Ms. Scott is this, first off, there needs to be some clarification on where you got the information that Duncan gets a yearly $6.5 million and whether or not it is a health care grant, because that designation alone, states what can and can’t be done with this money. So let’s go on the assumption that you are correct, and that Duncan or the District of North Cowichan gets $6.5 million every year for a health care grant, and without going any further, you have your answer. No, it can’t build housing with a health care grant, as health care money is allocated for health care, and housing is allocated for housing.

Secondly, as Duncan already has a overdose prevention site (OPS) what the Vancouver Island Health Authority is trying to do is create a site that doesn’t just make sure that people don’t overdose, but that they have access to mental health, medical help, counselling, and drug addiction treatment, right on site, when and where they will be at their most receptive frame of mind. And while creating more low cost housing is an extremely important issue, and getting a home of their own is a great step towards recovery, until we start effectively treating drug addiction, that low cost housing is just going to be a revolving door, spewing the most vulnerable, back out to the streets.

Cat Parlee

Duncan

Letters

Just Posted

Sierra Acton, regional district director for Shawnigan Lake. (file photo)
New parkland in Shawnigan creating connections

Used to created parking for the popular Masons Beach Park

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

Chris Wilkinson
Chris Wilkinson column: This could be the worst thing done to you during the pandemic

As a result, all of us will contend with more ‘scarcity’ thinking and mindset.

The Crofton trailer park home where the bodies of two people were found. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mom still waiting for answers after daughter and her fiance found dead in Crofton

Pair discovered dead in their Crofton home in May identified as Rachel Gardner and Paul Jenkins

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

Emergency vehicles are parked outside of the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP investigate stabbing on Fourth Avenue

Two men were found with ‘significant’ injuries near Wintergreen Apartments

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

One Reconciliation Pole and two Welcome Figures were unveiled during a ceremony in honour of truth and reconciliation on National Peoples Indigenous Day at the Vancouver School District in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, June 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Horgan marks Indigenous Peoples Day by urging recognition of systemic racism

National Indigenous Peoples Day has been marked in Canada since 1996

A man makes his way past signage to a mass COVID-19 vaccination centre at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadians encouraged to see mRNA shots as interchangeable as more 2nd doses open up

Doctors urge people not to hesitate if offered Moderna after getting Pfizer for their first shot

Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance sits in the front row during a news conference in Ottawa on June 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Defence committee rises without report on Vance allegations

Committee had been investigating the government’s handling of complaints against former defence chief

Most Read