In an unprecedented move, the Conservatives have told the Supreme Court to ignore the facts, when determining the future of Vancouver's safe injection site.
The Harper government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to ignore mounds of evidence trumpeting the success of North America’s first supervised injection site for drug users, warning that the court should avoid becoming a “super legislature” by ruling on the wisdom of federal policy decisions.This after a recent study showing that: Vancouver injection clinic cuts overdose deaths
The caution is contained in Justice Department legal arguments filed in the Supreme Court for a hearing Thursday that will determine the fate of Insite, the safe-injection site located in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. Insite is an eight-year-old facility where addicts can inject their drugs using sterile needles under a nurse’s supervision.
Overdose deaths in Vancouver's troubled Downtown Eastside have dropped by more than a third since the creation of Insite, the neighbourhood's supervised injection clinic, according to a study in the British medical journal The Lancet.If it won't fit on a bumper sticker, it has no merit.
Researchers with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS studied the number of overdose deaths around the injection facility before and after its creation. Insite has operated since 2003 with exemptions from federal drug laws, first allowed by the former Liberal government.
But demanding that the high court ignore facts in their decision is troubling to say the least.
Welcome to a Harper Majority. Leave your senses at the door.