Art Vandelay wrote:The article wasn't very clear on the funding, but I would guess that, like many free clinics, the labor will be donated. It certainly won't be a federally funded facility, so local taxes will take care of the building and supplies, and if the guy quoted in the article is to be believed (that 1 in 7 emergency calls that they respond to is for an overdose), it will probably save the community money. I have no idea how much it costs to treat someone for aids, but I bet it cost more to treat someone with aids for 15 years than to run this center for a month.
Thanks, I was curious.
Art Vandelay wrote:Also, I think it's important to note that this isn't just about giving junkies a safe place to shoot up, but about keeping the public safe from it happening in parks and alleys and dealing with their discarded needles.
I don't have an exact answer or solution for this, but I don't think providing someone, anyone, with a place to do something illegal is a good idea. Even if we can't agree on the moral ramifications, it sends the wrong message.