Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Robert Werner's 76 year old Mother Gets it - Why Can't the Government?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My Mom's Letter to Tony Clement, Federal Minister of Health

The Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Health
Minister's Office - Health Canada
Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture
Postal Locator: 0906C
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0K9

Dear Sir,

I am a retired nurse and a senior citizen. I’m also a volunteer visitor counselor at Tourism Vancouver, giving out information to tourists visiting our city. You may be surprised to learn that a growing number of these visitors are well informed about Vancouver being the Drug Capital of Canada. When they want to visit Chinatown we have to advise them about the safest routes to walk there. We also warn them not to give money to panhandlers and to be aware of their surroundings at all times. If traveling by car, we urge them to leave nothing visible inside their vehicles. This is the sad reality of life in Vancouver in 2008.

I live in the South Granville neighbourhood. It’s supposedly one of the better ones in the city and yet I have countless panhandlers asking me for spare change daily. I now carry a pocket alarm which I will set off if I’m ever threatened. This is the sad reality of life in Vancouver in 2008.

The law-abiding citizens in our cities have to now be concerned with which restaurants they can eat at safely, which nightclubs they can go to safely, and which streets they can walk down when the sun goes dim. This is the sad reality of life in Vancouver in 2008.

The common thread running through most of these problems is severe drug abuse. I therefore plead with you to close the free needle terror that is Insite. It is not helping drug users get better but is only prolonging their misery. I fully realize that there are a lot of political forces that claim that Insite is helping to “reduce harm” but it is a huge fallacy. Those proponents like Larry Campbell and Philip Owen should be ashamed of themselves.

Please convert this facility into a Recovery Detox Centre for the endless number of drug addicts in Vancouver. And then set up more in all of our municipalities. I do know there are treatment centres in Prince George and Bowen Island. We need many more!


David in North Burnaby BC said...

The addiction industry will never stop claiming that treatment doesn't work simply because it does and would put them out of a job and take away the sense of self-importance they derive from enabling helpless people to continue poisoning themselves, destroying their lives and those of their families and dragging the rest of us down into a cesspool of crime.
>:< as hell

Anonymous said...

I listened to a program on 'NW this week where they had guests on both sides of the Insite issue - pro and con, including Billy Weselowski of InnerVisions and a few others who know of what they speak - and then came the pompous twits who had what they referred to "scientific" evidence - basically saying the those who have worked with and treated addicts for years do not know what they are talking about. These so-called "experts" - even medical Docs *still* do not even understand one of the basics - DETOX IS NOT TREATMENT. One can "dry out" at detox - the next step MUST be a treatment centre for as long as it takes. I was so disgusted at listening to them spout their nonsense that I called James Moore, my local MLA and requested that he encourage Harper to stop the funding and enabling of addicts. Moore is of the same opinion. Someone has to listen.....