VIHA AND HARM REDUCTION VICTORIA VOICE SUPPORT FOR PHARMACY

CFAX--Nov 10, 2010

VIHA'S CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER IS STANDING BEHIND THE ACTIONS OF A DOWNTOWN VICTORIA PHARMACY WHO HAS BEEN CRITICIZED BY VICTORIA POLICE FOR HANDING OUT NEEDLES TO INTRAVENOUS DRUG USERS

SPEAKING ON CFAX 1070 WITH ADAM STIRLING DR RICHARD STANWICK SAYS THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACISTS RECOGNIZES NEEDLE EXCHANGE AN APPROPRIATE PRACTICE FALLING UNDER THE SCOPE OF HARM REDUCTION

"I think that people need to appreciate that our government is clear that there is no such thing as a harm reduction free zone, and that we do see harm reduction as a valued and valuable service that does need to be provided to clients"

A REPORT TO THE VICTORIA POLICE BOARD REFERS TO THE 'EXCLUSION ZONE IN THE RADIUS AROUND THE 900 BLOCK OF PANDORA WHERE NEEDLES WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED'

SPEAKING WITH ADAM STIRLING ON CFAX HEATHER HOBBS WITH HARM REDUCTION VICTORIA SAYS SHE HAS CONCERNS WITH THIS STATEMENT

"the area that is a 2 block radius around St. Andrew's School has been referred to as the 'no-go zone', and the 'no-go zone' is not written policy. It doesn't actually exist, and on May 20th of this year at a public meeting at city hall, VIHA's medical health officer Dr. Murray Fyfe confirmed that the zone does not actually exist"

HOBBS SAYS SHE COMMENDS THE PANDORA PHARMACY FOR TAKING A COMPASSIONATE APPROACH TO DEALING WITH ILLICIT DRUG USE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD

- ANDREA BOYES

http://www.cfax1070.com/newsstory.php?newsId=16067