I’m still hearing about this big fancy new war on drugs policy proposed by the Conservatives. The worst part of it (and there are a lot of very bad parts) is the bit about shutting down Insite and destroying the prospect of any similar plan in another city.
Today it appears that Insite will have a reprieve until next June. In reality though, the evidence suggests that they ought to keep it open indefinitely. I cannot understand the idiots who are always ready with a sound-bite about how this constitutes government endorsement of hard drug use. This is so stupid, as if people will suddenly take up heroin use because of safe injection sites. Safe injection sites don’t glamourize heroin, Lou Reed does: