Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Opioid Epidemic and the Great Con War on Drugs
I began warning about Canada's opioid abuse epidemic, and about the danger of the killer drug fentanyl, a long long time ago.
And about the crying need to create more drug rehabilitation centres, and more frontline medical facilities like Vancouver's model Insite clinic.
So I'm glad to see that the Liberal government is taking action.
But I also want to remind people, that thousands of Canadians have died from drug overdoses since I first started writing about the problem.
And remind them who I believe deserves most of the blame for the deaths of so many.
Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime, who put their inhuman ideology before the lives of their own people.
The beasts who couldn't even bring themselves to issue a country-wide alert.
One would think that an outbreak of hundreds of deaths related to a single cause would catch the eye of federal politicians. But Ottawa has remained surprisingly mute about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is killing people by the score.
The ones who did all they could to try to close down the wonderful Insite clinic. And when they failed, thanks to our Supreme Court, tried to make it all but impossible to set up similar clinics anywhere else in Canada.
Even though they knew they saved lives.
This week the Harper government, and the largely Conservative-appointed Senate, will effectively drive a nail into the coffins of thousands of Canadians living with addiction by passing legislation that will block the establishment of supervised injection facilities like Vancouver’s Insite.
And I also want to remind people that the ghastly Con who led that murderous charge was no less than their new leader Rona Ambrose...
Despite the Supreme Court’s decision that Insite was legally a hospital, Health Minister Rona Ambrose has continued to lobby against the establishment of similar safe-injection sites based on unfounded fear-mongering. She told a Senate committee that future “injection houses” could be plunked down in every small community without any consultation, unless she acted quickly to protect us all from “addicts.”
Who would treat addicts like criminals, and jail them instead of helping them to survive and quit their dangerous habit...
And in my opinion has never been held properly accountable for the deadly consequences of her criminal behaviour.
As someone who has seen those consequences up close, seen the pale faces of the dead, and heard the heartbreaking wails of those who loved them, I also believe the Liberals should have acted faster to deal with this deadly epidemic.
But at least they are now doing the right and Canadian thing.
And for those who keep bleating that Justin Trudeau is worse than Harper, I would ask them this question:
How many Canadians could have died if Trudeau hadn't defeated this monster?
And the answer is MILLIONS.
Remember the dead, never forget their would be executioners.
And never ever forgive them...