safe injectings

The supervised injection site, the only one of its kind in North America but one of about 90 around the world, has been a target of the federal Conservative government since it came to power in 2006. In 2008, then federal health minister Tony Clement called Insite, “a failure of public policy, indeed of ethical judgment.” Since then a succession of ministers including current Health Minister Rona Ambrose have been consistent in their opposition, saying it diverts finances from treatment, legitimizes illegal drug use, encourages others to inject drugs, is a magnet for crime and threatens neighbourhoods.


While Insite as the full backing of the city of Vancouver, its police department, public health officials and the B.C. government, the constant federal attacks resulted in the facility becoming one of the most studied health initiatives in Canadian history. More than 40 peer reviewed studies have been published in Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal among others, concluding that the facility, and other harm reduction strategies like free needle exchanges, have slashed HIV infections and overdose death rates, have increased the number of people seeking treatment without contributing to an increase in crime, notes Kerr, one of the lead researchers.

The federal government’s determination to close Insite by refusing to renew its exemption from existing drug laws, was fought all of the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, only to lose in 2011 in a unanimous decision. The high court’s conclusion in ordering the federal government to allow the continued operation of the facility: “Insite has been proven to save lives with no discernible negative impact on the public safety and health objectives of Canada.
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts.

This is why mandatory minimums are fucked up. This is why arguing against safe injection sites is fucked up. There is a fundamental failure to understand the nature of the drug problem, which leads to fundamental errors in combatting the drug problem. It’s fucking infuriating.

To forestall one potential argument before it gets off the ground, I’m also going to leave you this excerpt:

But still, surely, I asked, there is some role for the chemicals? It turns out there is an experiment which gives us the answer to this in quite precise terms, which I learned about in Richard DeGrandpre’s book The Cult of Pharmacology.

Everyone agrees cigarette smoking is one of the most addictive processes around. The chemical hooks in tobacco come from a drug inside it called nicotine. So when nicotine patches were developed in the early 1990s, there was a huge surge of optimism – cigarette smokers could get all of their chemical hooks, without the other filthy (and deadly) effects of cigarette smoking. They would be freed.

But the Office of the Surgeon General has found that just 17.7 percent of cigarette smokers are able to stop using nicotine patches. That’s not nothing. If the chemicals drive 17.7 percent of addiction, as this shows, that’s still millions of lives ruined globally. But what it reveals again is that the story we have been taught about The Cause of Addiction lying with chemical hooks is, in fact, real, but only a minor part of a much bigger picture.

When we talk about closing the gap, we often talk about very siloed ideas of what that means: there’s over-incarceration, the health gap and the education gap, for example. But viral hepatitis, and particularly hepatitis C, is one of those areas where it all links together in a horrible cycle that ends up disproportionately affecting Aboriginal people’s health.

The over-incarceration of Aboriginal people means that more of us are in an environment where there are very high rates of hepatitis C. We’re more likely to inject drugs and share equipment when we do inject drugs, and our historic disconnection from the health sector means that people aren’t getting treatment and they aren’t being monitored. We’re also often disconnected from health messages that educate drug users to inject safely due to educational disparity and geographical distance.

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I would be very happy about birth male control, I wonder if thats remotely possible to happen? How would it work?! Would be amazing! Perhaps a science sided blog can point us in the right direction here! Craving to know!

It could like, interfere with sperm production, so the dude just shoots blanks instead of loaded pregnancy bullets. Like a pill that temporarily makes you infertile. Since men are constantly making new sperm, if they wanted to have children all they would need to do is stop taking the pill.

There’s also already options for men to have temporary vasectomies done, which are 100% safe but it involves injecting something in to your balls which is why most men don’t go for that option.

On the other hand, we women need to get pap smears in order to get birth control pills. But women will put up with more than men, they’re whiny babies.

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Safe subcutaneous injection regions and methods.

Egg donors are required to take a series of hormone injections prior to egg retrieval. The number of days they are expected to give themselves injections can vary by clinic. I’ve read injection calendars that list donor injection timelines from as little as nine days up to as many as four weeks.

Most donors inject in their stomach fat, but some have better luck using their thighs or arms.