The B.C. overdose rate is unacceptable and requires drastic measures; heroin compassion clubs are not the solution. 2017 saw 1,487 people die, while 2018 saw 1,489. Continuously perpetuating this addiction cycle is absurd.
Compassion is great, but how is this venture compassionate? The compassionate approach is one where people who are stuck in the grips of addiction are offered a viable way out. Addicts are not suffering from a terminal illness, nor are they palliative care patients. These are humans stuck in a seemingly never-ending rut.
They can claim all day that the restrictions on who could buy would be strict, but how is that even enforceable? These clubs will lower barriers, but how will they distinguish between the experimenter and addict?
Very few people are against increasing quality of life through prescriptions. These clubs have nothing to do with prescriptions and would cost the user money, thereby overlooking associated societal issues.
Executive director and communications coordinator,
Together We Can Addiction Recovery and Education Society