What do you think are the disadvantages of Injecting Rooms?
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The disavantages of injecting rooms are several: (1) they might encourage drug use; (2) they might give drug use social and cultural legitimacy; (3) they might make drug users less inclined to try to quit their addictions.
There are none. Whatever the social and cultural legitimacy or illegitimacy of drug use, people who are addicts are going to adhere to their addictions until they're able to transcend them. Providing a place where the behavior is socially acceptable could redirect efforts away from legal issues and towards the medical issue that needs to be solved to reduce rates of addiction.
I must admit, my tendency is to agree with #3, as I think there are far more arguments for injecting rooms than there are against. However, I would add that giving addicts a special room to inject themselves might reinforce the ghettoisation and prejudice faced by addicts as they try and seek to conquer their addiction.
While I can appreciate that there are advantages to sanctioned places for "safe" drug use, these rooms won't even begin to touch on the bigger problem of drug abuse in that culture. Research shows that drug addicts don't try to end their addiction until they reach "rock bottom" and whether they are taking drugs on the street, in their homes, or in an injection room, that isn't going to change.
I have to agree that the "safe" rooms do not address the true problem. Instead, they seem to be a new type of enabler. I have a hard time accepting programs such as this given that they do not address the larger problem: the drug use itself.
Yeah, there's nothing of value here. We can't be tolerant of drug use and the public legitimacy of drug abuse as a lifestyle choice. Enabling people in this way is tacit approval of the abuse itself. Additionally, if we say "That's fine, just shoot up in here," we hide the problem from public view, allowing it to grow. We know that drug abuse is bad, and we see the harsh results every day, but if we forget that actions have consequences, we will lose the self-motivation to avoid the action in the first place.
To get an idea of the disadvantage(s) of Injection Rooms, it is necessary to have a true idea of their purpose and function. The goal is to provide a safe place for the use of illicit injection drugs.
As Australian Dr. Wodack said, "it prevented injecting drug users dying in the streets." He also said that "up to 10 overdose deaths were prevented in Sydney and Vancouver [injection rooms] each year." Ten isn't much ... unless you are the person's mother, father, spouse, or child.
One clear disadvantage is the public misconception that such a room is meant to prevent drug use or to inspire users to quit. It is only with clear facts that the public can make clear and correct decisions ... opposed to or in favor of ... about support and funding.
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