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A nod for legal drug trade in Vancouver

by Medindia Content Team on April 23, 2006 at 5:48 PM
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A nod for legal drug trade in Vancouver

As a plan to reduce illegal trading and as a clean up drive legalisation of drugs is in the pipeline in Vancouver. Vancouver's mayor is considering providing free drugs to addicts to help clean up the Downtown Eastside before the 2010 Winter Olympics.

According to Sam Sullivan a donation by an anonymous donor of $500,000 to fund an innovative harm-reduction program is the spearhead.

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The reason and goal behind this whole exercise would be to protect women addicts forced into prostitution and to deal with Vancouver's crime and social disorders.

In the words of the mayor, "At least three times during my time on council, we have sent the police in to clean up once and for all. He also hasn't seen overwhelming evidence that treatment programs work. I've looked at mandatory treatment in the United States and still seen open drug use there."

So now the city is looking in all nooks and corners and gearing up for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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