Our May 2 newsletter described the way in which harm reduction, including Insite, the only legal, supervised injection site in North America, can save lives and improve health. We offer the testimony of Rev. Edwin Robinson, Director of Urban Strategies and Live Free for Faith in Texas (part of the People’s National Network), who participated in this study tour to Vancouver, Canada on April 11-13.
Mary Nelson is Executive Consultant to the Parliament of the World’s Religions and member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She is joined by two staff members of InSite. I am intimately familiar with the devastation of drugs in my west side Chicago community, but I came to the Vancouver British Columbia visit as a novice to the “harm reduction” approaches of dealing with drug addiction. Our visit, organized by the founders of InSite, changed all that.
By Rev. Alexander E. Sharp Every day in Vancouver, Canada, 600 to 1,000 drug addicts enter a non-descript, box-like building to inject themselves under medical supervision with whatever drugs they have brought with them, usually heroin, cocaine, or meth. They are participants in InSite, the only legal supervised-injection site in North America.