Art Vandelay wrote:
I'd much rather they have a place like this to shoot up than do it in a park or some other public place with nowhere to properly dispose of the needles. I'll be curious to see how much public money goes into this, but I suspect that it will be minimal, especially when you consider this:
Drug overdoses represented about one of every seven emergency calls handled by city paramedics between July 2006 and July 2007, according to San Francisco Fire Department Capt. Niels Tangherlini
How much public money do you think goes into emergency care for users who OD? Even if this center only results in a 10% decline in the number of OD calls that emergency crews answer, it will still save a lot of money.
Looking back I did use money a lot in that first post. That is certainly one thing I don't like (not that I like them spending a ton of paramedic money on homeless guy ODs either, but that's a whole other topic). However, the really disappointing thing is that they're encouraging this behavior by giving them a safe place to do it.
Maybe they could reopen Alcatraz. Everyone that walks into this injection room gets arrested and shipped to the island. There's no drugs and no way to get off (unless you're Sean Connery of course
). They can just rot there and detox or drown trying to get back to the H. I mean that's extreme but I'd support that before I'd support a legal injection room.
Mookie4ever wrote:The only objection to this is the moral/deterrance argmt. eg. how can we tell kids this is bad when we spend public money to facilitate it? This is the same argmt used to argue against the teaching of contraception in schools.
Of course the better solution is abstinance - for both the sex ed./STD issue and the injection room problem.
If you are of the opinion that abstinence only doesn't work and you make this only an economic decision then the injection room probably makes sense.
I don't think the moral/deterrence argument is the only
argument. I mean this is illegal activity that you're just going to condone? And not only condone, but basically encourage? I've got serious issues with this (regardless of whether or not I think the drug use should be illegal). And I don't think you want to get me started on schools and sex.