Wednesday, April 2, 2008
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This is what harm reduction gets you, at least when it's the primary focus of a drug program.
Street kids using crystal meth at 'alarming' rate from today's Vancouver Sun
Several things strike me about this article:
1) 75% of street kids are using Meth, compared with 15% of DTES addicts (who use mostly crack)
2) The study "spanned September 2005 to October 2006." What took them so long to publish? Maybe it was because
3) "we adjusted for all kinds of variables" - looking for a bright side?
4) a strong link between Meth usage and injection, which increases with use.
5) "most were sober when they used it." This is a primary drug of choice.
6) "25 per cent of first-time crystal meth users injected the drug." Wow. That's a lot.
7) "Eighty per cent of first-time crystal meth users said they were given the drug as a "gift" at a party with friends" Only two things can curb this; prevention and enforcement.
8) "...researchers continue to probe the issue over the next five years..." That's what we need. More research. For another half a decade.
9) "I do think we need to really start to consider where we are putting our efforts and our resources," Dr. Evan Wood said. "Given what we are facing with drugs in society, we really need to start looking at the scientific evidence and modifying what we are doing to address these issues."
This last could possibly indicate a shift in opinion at the BCCFE, and with all my heart, I hope so. But I'm really not that optimistic about those guys. Judging by their past efforts, they're more likely to lobby for a way of getting street kids into an enlarged "Safe" Injection Site.
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