praktik said:Instead we hope that use of the center results in safer use even when not there, and in the best case scenarios, results in an addict seeking treatment based on resources they found when they visited the center.
let's say an addict has secured a good supply of clean needles, and then runs out - they go to the safe injection site, get a clean needle to tide them over before they get more. That user would not have been there every time they shot up, but the center was there when they needed it... how is that not effective?
Of course no addict can have 100% usage at the center & no I'm not suggesting they live there.
I'm just making the obvious point that all it takes is one time in an 'unclean' environment. So them being controlled 'some of the time' is not effective treatment. I understand your point about supplies & education but I think that goes out the window when an addict is jonesing. I by no means have statistics on how effective education is, it's just my opinion. I see how this whole project is a good thing but I don't think it's effective enough to take the allocated budget when it can be applied to helping cure ppl instead of supporting them.