Friday, June 22, 2007
June 21, 2007
No more crack kits for Nanaimo
NANAIMO, B.C. -- The Vancouver Island Health Authority says threats against community health nurses in Nanaimo have forced suspension of a controversial harm reduction program.
Health Authority CEO Howard Waldner says residents were harassing nurses who were handing out "safer crack kits."
Waldner says distribution of the kits has been paused while the health authority meets with municipal officials in Nanaimo.
More than 200 of the kits, which contain a crack pipe and other information, have been handed out in the Vancouver Island city, despite concern about the program raised by Nanaimo Mayor Gary Korpan.
He called distribution of the kits "immoral" when he learned of the program in late May.
But Waldner defended the program, saying it is a widely accepted strategy to reduce infection rates among addicts.
And what about washing the drunks' shot glasses for them? And cleaning up the children for the perverts? And hand washing the Hondas for the car thieves?
We must do everything we can to aid and abet stupidity and self-destruction.
The Nanaimo mayor is completely right when he calls the handing out of "safe" crack kits immoral. It is so sick.
Posted by David Berner at 9:34 AM