What the addiction minister is wrong about harm reduction


Commentary

Carolyn Bennett, Federal Minister of Mental Health and Addiction, recently announced a change in Canada’s policy on illegal substance use. Beginning January 1, 2023, a three-year experimental period will begin in British Columbia, where small amounts of substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA (ecstasy) will be available for personal use. Under this new plan, people found with these drugs will not be arrested, prosecuted, or seized. Instead, it provides health and social welfare information available to helpful police officers or social workers.

This move was a surprise to some with similar knowledge. Non-criminalization in Oregon.. In that state, possession of such drugs is only punished by a fine of up to US $ 100. This may be exempt if you call the counseling hotline for a medical examination. Of the 2,000 police-issued tickets, only 19 asked for help with addiction. Half of the people quoted did not even appear in court. Most importantly, there is an increase in deaths from drug overdose, just as opioid overdose is treated in the emergency room.

Carolyn Bennett wouldn’t have been aware of these unpleasant stats, but she said, “We’re doing this not only to save lives, but to give people who use drugs dignity and choice. “.

I think I care about the dignity of the addict as much as the next citizen, but how can the minister ignore the victims of personal choices not mentioned in her “harm reduction” policy? I refer to the river of blood where cocaine, stimulants and heroin are floating on the way to Canadian drug users.

They make their choices before the next Ontario lawyer bends and sniffs the line, before the next Nova Scotia truck driver pops the pills, or before the next BC addict looks for veins. You should be willing to think about the atrocities that made it possible to exercise in recreation.

Maybe they and Bennett need to think about the bus hijacked in San Fernando, Mexico in 2011. Passengers have been kidnapped. The women were raped and then killed. Male victims were forced to fight to death with knives, hammers, machetes, and other hostages given clubs. The survivors were hired as a hitman for the Los Zetas drug cartel. Authorities eventually recovered 193 bodies.

450 bodies were found in Durango and Tamaulipas. Acapulco’s five headless bodies. Mass grave with 250 skulls in Veracruz. 52 people were burned at the stake in Monterey. Nine bodies hanging from the bridge in Nuevo Laredo. The reporter was murdered. The politician was killed. Prosecutors and judges were assassinated. More than 250,000 Mexicans have died In the hands of a drug cartel Since 2006, North American drug consumers can enjoy a momentary rush.

Drug money is fueling vicious revolutionary movements such as FARC in Colombia, Shining Pass in Peru, and ISIS in the Middle East. A death squad associated with a drug gang assassinated President Haiti and shot a Paraguay prosecutor on his honeymoon. Violence to control trade in cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl destabilizes democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

In North America, drug gangs are at war with each other and with innocent bystanders. The entire community suffers from opioid addiction, with tens of thousands of people dying from drug overdose each year. The urban streets and alleys from Edmonton to Miami are home to zombie herds with open-eyed, rag-filled shopping carts.

Trade and violence continue unabated despite a series of arrests of drug traffickers such as Mexico’s “El Chapo”, San Diego’s “Elf Evo”, Colombia’s “El Pit” and Toronto’s Tsetilop. That continues as there are markets for their products in Canada and the United States. It’s certainly a market made up of our fellow citizens who don’t throw grenades at children’s birthday parties but don’t care too much. The use of their medicine is to pay those who do so.

There are many reasons to make some choices illegal. These medicines do not make you smart or kind. They don’t help you treat your neighbors better or help you contribute to the community. Rather, they suck billions of dollars from the economy, destroy the brain, destroy the body, and destroy the family.

Would you like to curb the demand for such drugs instead of making them easier to buy while maintaining dignity? Direct enforcement towards the detection of general consumption. Fashionable Ontario Matron, Saskatchewan teachers, Alberta oil rig workers, if they think they could do a perp walk in the evening news, about the harm they and the planet do 2 You may think about it.

Let the government make it as difficult to buy ecstasy and fentanyl as buying a pistol, as shameful as smoking in a restaurant or using the wrong pronoun.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Jerry bowler

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Jerry Bowler is a Canadian historian who specializes in the intersection of religion and popular culture.

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