LETTER: Syringes too easy to come by

We were told that needle exchanges would solve the problem of syringes in our parks, and instead they give out more syringes than they take in. I thought it was supposed to be: bring in one syringe and get one syringe.

We were told that all we have to do is install needle disposal boxes throughout the city and that would solve the problem and instead, when they were doing a needle sweep before shooting that movie downtown they would find over 60 syringes, despite the fact that there were a few of the disposal boxes very nearby. Now we’re told that supervised drug injection facilities are the answer.

Isn’t there a ‘saying’ about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Some people require syringes to administer medications that are prescribed by their doctor, so why not try making syringes available though a doctor’s visit or prescription only. For those that have addictions, offer free oral replacements that they can be weaned off of.

If you can’t get a syringe or it’s very difficult to get a syringe maybe the replacement therapy and possibly counselling will look like a pretty good alternative.

Bob Broughton


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