Alternative treatments give addicts a chance

Maintenance programs for cocaine and heroin users isn’t so different than giving meth to hyper-active children

Source: Vancouver Sun
Editorial Page, Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan’s plan to set up an alternative drug-treatment plan for 700 cocaine and crystal methamphetamine addicts might never come to fruition, but it’s something that should be seriously considered.
The plan might not see the light of day because the federal government has made it clear that it opposes any treatment or harm reduction programs that involve providing addicts with drugs. Last year, for example, the Conservatives refused to extend the life of the supervised injection site for another 31/2 years, despite the recommendations of scientists and Health Canada bureaucrats.