Singapore’s approach to drugs saves lives; B.C.’s doesn’t
According to Tiffany Crawford’s story last week, drug abuse has produced 1,100 corpses in B.C. this year to date, meaning 2017 is on pace to more than double the carnage of 2016 which, in turn, dramatically increased the death rate from 2015.
Singapore, with a million more people than B.C., has an annual drug overdose death rate of 1.18 per 100,000 people. B.C. will bury more addicts in the next three weeks than Singapore will all year.
Why the difference? Singapore believes in harm elimination, not harm reduction. Singapore demands that addicts submit to mandatory detox. B.C. builds taxpayer-funded “safe-injection sites,” where addicts can continue unchecked down the road of self-destruction and inevitable early death.
Singapore issued death sentences to drug dealers, while B.C. stands back and watches dealers regularly kill each other as they compete for market share.
Some activists here even suggest legalizing everything to open the flood gates to more widespread addiction, but facts are still facts. Singapore has few overdose deaths, while B.C. stacks up the corpses.
I wonder if we’ll double the overdose death rate again in 2018. Clare Stevens, Delta
Losers’ strategy on drugs
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Judy Darcy, the minister of mental health and addictions, pat themselves on the back while rolling out yet another tool to enable illicit drug use and its associated criminal activity.
You wouldn’t treat alcoholism by providing alcoholics with liquor, so why are drug addicts being given another gateway to drugs? It’s a losers’ strategy. As long as politicians refuse to address the root cause of this epidemic, it’s not going away.
John Leonard, Osoyoos
Quit enabling addicts
The news that more of my tax dollars are now to be spent on a machine and staff members to analyze the drugs of addicts before being injected is appalling.
If addiction is a disease, it stands to reason that we should be working to eradicate it through mandatory hospitalization and rehab rather than facilitating the ongoing use of drugs, which are illegal.
The idea that we give addicts public funds to buy drugs, then spend more tax dollars building and staffing injection sites, providing naloxone, hiring people to clean up used needles left in parks and now to screen drugs for impurities, is absurd. It’s like a dog chasing its tail — a waste of time with no meaningful result.
Stop wasting our taxes. Spend tax dollars on mandatory confined rehab.
Robert Brown, Cranbrook
NDP’s darkness not welcome
I would like to express my appreciation of the column by Chris Gardner of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association in Sunday’s Province. It outlines how far the construction industry has come without the stranglehold and bullying by needless unions.
Far too many infrastructure projects were over-budget and draining on the taxpayer during the decade of darkness when the NDP last ran the government. I see new construction happening in every municipality of this beautiful metropolis, with the workers looking happy and working hard.
It would be a shame to throw this all away because of an unelected premier living in the past. Gerry Goldring, Langley
Legislature needs decorum
My mom and I visited our stunning legislature during a Mother’s Day trip to Victoria. When we sat down and the session started, we witnessed catcalls, name-calling and yelling over the person speaking by MLAs — genuine bully behaviour that we’re trying to stamp out.
Good on Speaker Darryl Plecas for trying to bring some decorum to the house.
Deb Wilson-Murray, Pitt Meadows
Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced the expansion of a drug-checking pilot last week.