There has been snickering among my critics on the left who think giving junkies a good place to shoot up is an honourable thing.
It turns out that I committed the sin of questioning heroin injection sites, labeling them clearly (they are not safe) and pointing out that just because it is backed up by peer-reviewed literature doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.
First off, there are problems with the peer-review process.
Secondly and I have said it before, just because something may work doesn’t mean we should do it.
That last part is the cause of some of the snickering among the “any end justifies the means” crowd. They seem to think of morals as something the Victorians or present day knuckledraggers use to help make decisions.
We’re all well beyond that now aren’t we.
Except that we aren’t.
Morals still matter and still help each of us form opinions and make decisions.
If we did something just because it worked and didn’t care about the morals then we could solve all kinds of problems by employing immoral means just because they worked.
Imagine how quickly the war in Afghanistan would have lasted if we had just nuked the place. And I don’t mean just one bomb, I mean carpet bomb the place with nukes. It would have been wrong but it would have gotten rid of our problem a lot faster.
Would AIDS still be with us if we had just killed anyone that showed symptoms back in the 1980s? Remember back then it would come for everyone so killing those with symptoms of the soon to be epidemic disease would have worked but it would have been wrong.
We make moral judgments all the time, it is part of human nature.
Helping junkies shoot poison into their veins and then putting them back on the street is wrong. Would I have as much of a problem if these drugs were administered as part of an ongoing treatment program to help wean addicts off of drugs? Probably not.
But that’s not what InSite does. InSite allows people to enter a government backed facility and use street drugs that they have purchased on the street, drugs that could have anything mixed in, and shoot those illegal drugs into their veins. The addict then leaves the facility and heads back out on the street.
Do they get their next fix there? Some might, some won’t and others will share dirty needles elsewhere in the city. This isn’t a completely controlled environment and at the end of the day these are street drugs we are allowing people to shoot.
This is not treatment, it is aiding and abetting a group of addicts in the hope of treatment.
This is not true compassion, it is a coward’s compassion.
This is not about sensible drug policy it is about the end goal of loosening drug laws.
We need to say no.