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Thursday, January 05, 2006

"Harm Reduction", Canadian Style

Many of you are probably familiar with the needle exchange programs for drug addicts in Vancouver. According to the Canadian medical "experts" these programs are not about enabling, but about preventing HIV/AIDS. Recently, the Toronto City Council passed a wide-ranging new drug policy , aimed at "harm reduction". One of the novel ways to do this is to provide crack pipes to crack addicts. Now maybe it's just me, but it seems that this could only be described as enabling others to harm themselves. More confirmation that the Canadian medical community is now firmly embracing and enabling destructive behavior came out today, as the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study based on a novel drinking program for the homeless. By providing up to 15 drinks a day to homeless drunks, the do-gooders who conducted the study proclaimed that they have improved the health and lives of the homeless. Of course, you have to overlook the fact that of the 17 people in the study, 3 died of alcohol related disease and 3 others quit before the end of the study. But hey, this is progress for Canada!

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