How to Fix the Skids

1547 words 7 pages
Applied Law Enforcement | How to Fix the Skids | Instructor: Al “R.C.” Arsenault | | By: Stanley Lam | 4/5/2010 |

An academic essay written by Stanley Lam for the Applied Law Enforcement class regarding his thoughts and opinions on how to fix the skids located in the Downtown Eastside. |

How to Fix the Skids
By: Stanley Lam

This paper will be regarding the topic on “How to Fix the Skids” for Applied Law Enforcement class instructed by Al “R.C.” Arsenault. “Skid row” or “the skids” is located on the 100-block of East Hastings Street in Vancouver, British Columbia; right between Chinatown and Gastown. The Downtown Eastside is also where the safe drug injection site
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This is achieved by having trained staff on site to monitor and supervise the use of drugs and providing users with clean needles to prevent the spread of diseases through needle sharing. Immediate medical staff is also on standby incase of drug overdoses. Insite is granted exemption to federal drug laws, giving it legal grounds to continue operating without the intervention of the police. Having a safe injection site such as Insite may seem like a good concept, but do the benefits outweigh the costs? The message the government conveys to the public when establishing a site like Insite would be that the public’s tax money is used to fund drug use. Most would argue that any tax money being used to fund drug use is unacceptable. According to Wikipedia, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has voiced opposition to the injection site in the past, saying that "We as a government will not use taxpayers' money to fund drug use." Colin Mangham, the director of research for the Drug Prevention Network of Canada wrote an article claiming that “the published evaluations and especially reports in the popular media overstate findings, downplay or ignore negative findings, report meaningless findings and overall, give an impression the facility is successful, when in fact the research clearly shows a lack of program impact and success.” The government claims that Insite is a success due to the high number of registered drug addicts using the


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