Most people frustrated by city’s drug problems

This is what we want in places where we want to shop, bring our children and grandparents?

To the editor,

Re: Safe injection debate needs to be balanced, Letters, June 6.

Whenever I read something and it hits a nerve, I just voice my frustration out loud to whoever would listen – stories from abused animals being rescued from unscrupulous breeders to the current injection site debate and the response by the letter writer and her disappointment regarding the biased article.

Has she considered that the majority agree with the business owners? I would bet that if the city was given a vote, the majority will agree with the business owners – as in the case with the sports complex.

In case studies, a large number of addicts have criminal records and have been incarcerated. Even if by some chance they reduce their drug intake, their brains and bodies are damaged and they act out criminally if something sets them off. And this is what we want in places where we want to shop, bring our children and grandparents?

There have been arguments that money spent on Vancouver’s safe consumption site would be better spent on services such as treatment and that government’s support of supervised injection sites sends a mixed message to young people who might be considering illicit drug use.

Daniela Cousin, Nanaimo

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