Times Colonist

Free needles for addicts, but nothing for diabetics

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Re: “Young son’s diabetes diagnosis devastatin­g,” letter, June 2.

The letter was a good response to the article in the newspaper a few days earlier.

As someone diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age six, I related to it personally. People with diseases like cancer, juvenile diabetes, kidney disease, etc. didn’t have a choice. We can’t just turn around and change it.

I think this is the main reason I’m against the needle exchange.

I am all for fixing the homeless and drug addiction problem in Canada, but this doesn’t make sense to me. Instead of helping people to get off drugs, we’re assisting them to continue.

Yes, it is safer and helps to stop the spread of HIV. They get counsellin­g if they request it, and so on, but it is still assisting rather than stopping.

If my mom hadn’t been able to get help from PharmaCare when I was a child and I wasn’t now covered under Blue Cross, we would have been forking out the full amount for my needles for the last 14 years. If I were unable to get coverage for my supplies, or pay for my supplies, I would be refused by the needle exchange.

Why? I am a diabetic, I am not an addict. Therefore, I cannot receive needles from a government organizati­on even if I was a desperate situation. I have a life-long disease that requires multiple insulin injections daily to survive. According to the government, this doesn’t mean I should have access to free needles.

If I had no coverage, should I start shooting up heroin to get free needles for my diabetes? Natalie Woods Victoria

 ??  ?? A city sign post at Wharf and Yates near Reeson Park is one of five locations where boxes for used syringes have been installed. Letter-writers say Victoria has gone too far in providing facilities for drug addicts.
A city sign post at Wharf and Yates near Reeson Park is one of five locations where boxes for used syringes have been installed. Letter-writers say Victoria has gone too far in providing facilities for drug addicts.

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