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Screen shot 2013-07-15 at 5.48.32 PMI recently read an article by the Calgary Herald’s Licia Corbella called Vancouver’s easy drug access may have helped kill Monteith (Cory).  She is obviously disgusted with Vancouver’s HR injection site, Insite,  and decided to make a case against it by contriving a link to Cory’s death.  This was my response:

HR (harm reduction) highlights an epidemic that justly deserves discussion.  That should be the topic.  Insite is more a reflection of a broad picture.   As much as Vancouver is a bright spot in showing new possibilities in North America for planning and social evolution, Vancouver is also showing  something born out it’s attribute of compassion.  That explains why it has a government sponsored injection site called Insite.  These type of HR facilities do not contribute to fatal drug overdose, they lessen the possibility including the proliferation of other disease.  As for obtaining street drugs, there is unfortunately immediate  wide spread availability of dangerous drugs anywhere in the  U.S and Canada including Vancouver irregardless of Insite’s existence.  Overdoses are common through out the U.S. and Canada and in fact an epidemic.   HR injection sites are actually non-existent in North America other than Vancouver.  See Insite.  Harm reduction is an illumination of the tip of a great iceberg of drug addiction and abuse that plagues North America.  The drive for the medicalization of addiction is highlighted in places like Vancouver and Dr. Gabor Mates’ work.  What most of us do not readily see is the rest of the iceberg; the greater impact of addiction.  It hides in our families,  homes, our hospitals, our jails, prisons, our streets and in our morgues.  Tragically young actor’s like Cory have to die in the context of a problem that is so pervasive, cunning, baffling, and powerful.  The solutions will be game changers and we do not know who will lead the way; maybe places like Vancouver.   More than ever, millions of parents and professionals want to see the best happen in making a difference in the bigger picture of addiction, its impact, and the flow of our common capital into the pork belly of this beast.

Screen shot 2013-07-15 at 5.56.24 PMAddiction: The disease that lies – CNN.com

Another young actor taken needlessly by addiction.  Deaths caused by addiction have risen astronomically and  drug overdose is now the No.1 cause of accidental death in the United States; more common than death by car accidents.

Uppsala, Sweden, July 4, 2013.  Orexo Labs  announced it has received approval from the F.D.A. for Zubsolv™ (buprenorphine/naloxone) sublingual tablet CIII.  Zubsolv is formulated for treatment for people suffering from opioid dependence

Screen shot 2013-04-11 at 10.50.04 AMWhat I find exceptional about David Sheff’s message, is that it is expressed in what he learned about his son’s addiction to methamphetamine and what that means to the bigger message of dealing with the scale of addiction in America.   I am impressed that important people are listening.  Addiction impacts almost every family in some way.  David Sheff supports legalization but picks no bones about the risks of drug use.  His message, in no way is intended to allude that any drug is safe.  Listen to this interview: David Sheff, Author Of ‘Clean’ speaks to NPR.  It’s not complicated.  Addiction needs to be classified as a medical condition.  To do that best, requires the decriminalization of those afflicted with this disease including their habitual use.   In regards to legality, we can treat drug abuse much the same way we would with alcohol abuse.  We all know drinking can be deadly. 

David has the attention of important ears.  Read Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s poignant CNN transcripts in a conversation with David entitled,  Addiction:  Life on the Edge .  Listen to David discuss addiction on this short video clip in the TIME 100 most influential thinkers of 2009.  “We treat the medical consequences of the problem (overdoses, car accidents, cancer, HIV, mental illnesses) but not the disease itself.  Our investments in research and services for addiction treatment are a fraction of the costs associated with drug-related incarceration and lost productivity.  Yet punishment and stigmatization do nothing to ameliorate the problem.”  link by Marcia.

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