One of my friends expressed dismay at the cold, hard-hearted attitude of Tom Fletcher, in his article about tent-cities.

But is he any more unkind than the enablers opening up more and more ‘safe’ injection sites, and the people who seriously advocate that the rest of society should not only be made to pay for the upkeep of those crippled by the effects of alcohol and drugs, but also to pay for the drugs of their choice.

The story, as told by them, is that we keep people alive longer and in time they may be helped to stand on their own.  But the softer approach and the greater ease and access to drugs is increasing the number of people who get sucked into the maws of drug use, and drug addiction.

It isn’t only Abbotsford that has a burgeoning number of people camping in every nook and cranny of our city.  Making debilitating drugs more accessible is insanity.

I took these pictures in downtown Abbotsford today.  My friend, who has a much higher sense of public service than I do, saw the mess at this bus stop and at once began to clean it up, so I followed her sterling lead.  But after putting about 20 used needles into a plastic bag I began to think seriously about what my hands were touching, and stopped.  I took the photos after we’d cleaned up most of the area.

The used needles were on the street for at least two hours.  I’ve heard some awful stories about the areas serviced by ‘safe injection sites’ being littered with used needles too.

What is needed is help out of addiction, not mollycoddling enablers pretending drugs can be made friendly.  We need politicians with back-bone to lead the way out of this morass.  Use public money wisely, for the good of society, not to keep them helpless slaves to drugs.

For many years I volunteered and spent time with people who know first-hand that drugs destroy lives, and only getting free of those tentacles opens the way to freedom, self-respect and restored healthy relationships.

From CKNW:  Health Canada has approved a new supervised injection service to operate in Vancouver at 528 Powell St. The new six supervised injection booths will be open 12 hours a day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is expected to be fully operational in June once renovations are complete.​

Two other sites have also been approved in Surrey.

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