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Just Say No to Drug-Injection Sites

Just Say No to Drug-Injection Sites

By Tuesday, 19 February 2019 03:54 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In the 1980’s, First Lady Nancy Reagan was the driving force behind the anti-drug campaign “Just Say No.” By all accounts, it was extremely effective.

But rather than building upon such successes, leaders in Philadelphia think they know a much better way to reduce drug use.

They want to give addicts a safe place to obtain free drug paraphernalia and shoot up, without fear of arrest, and have medically trained staff on-hand in case of overdose. Those pushing such “safe-injection” sites believe that giving addicts the freedom to use drugs in this way will A) reduce the number of opioid deaths in the city, and B) increase the number of people seeking treatment to wean themselves off drugs.

The reality is that safe-injection sites don’t just violate the law; they incentivize increased drug use.

Once upon a time, Americans dutifully followed laws, even when they didn’t like them. And it was that adherence to the rule of law, along with the people’s unique ability to change laws through their representatives, that separated America from other nations.

But the train has jumped the tracks.

Now, an “I’m-entitled-to-do-whatever-I want” attitude has become pervasive. Rather than working to change laws that may be outdated, increasing numbers of people simply ignore laws that don’t suit them, and deride any talk of punishment with self-righteous indignation.

One of the most flagrant examples is occurring in the City of Brotherly Love.

Safehouse, a nonprofit organization, wants to open the nation’s first medically-supervised drug-injection site, a facility where people could use illegal drugs, be given free syringes, and have health workers be on hand to render assistance.

In other words, drug users could walk in with illicit substances, buy goods from friends if they’re running low (also called “drug dealing”), and go to town, without worrying about police. And should they push it too far, someone will revive them — so that he can do it all over again. Only in America.

Supporters say that these facilities will be invaluable in helping users seeking treatment. Stop right there. On what basis can one say that? There are hundreds of existing treatment centers. If they truly wanted treatment, they would have already sought out such help.

The reality is that many would use a drug injection facility to — ding, ding — do drugs. And why not, since they could use heroin and fentanyl in a “no-police” zone, get free needles, and not worry about an OD.

Mayor Jim Kenney fully supports the idea, as does District Attorney Larry Krasner. And former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell not only serves on Safehouse’s Board of Directors, but incorporated the organization.

So let’s get this straight.

The Mayor of Philadelphia favors private enterprise and nonprofits opening drug houses where people can freely use illegal drugs.

The  D.A. will look the other way by not prosecuting users or staff, stating: “We have to be willing to do what is necessary to save lives.” Whatever that means.

Krasner also said there would be a backlash if people at these facilities were arrested. So lawbreakers who generate “sympathy” should be given a free pass? That’s fantastic news for a thief, since he can now justify stealing as a way to take care of his family. Making martyrs out of criminals — only in Philly.

Ed Rendell openly mocked the feds when the Deputy U.S. Attorney General warned that opening an injection facility would be met with a swift response. “I’ve got a message for (Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein): I’m the incorporator of the safe-injection site nonprofit, and my address is the offices of the Bellevue. They can come and arrest me first, because federal prisons are nicer than state (ones).”

How ironic that three high-powered politicians, who all swore to uphold the law, are leading the charge to break it.

The feds, in keeping their word, have filed suit to stop the Safehouse effort.

Stopping safe-injection sites isn’t about abandoning drug addicts, but following the law. If you don’t like the current rules, fine. Work to change them. But don’t ignore the law simply because changing it is hard.

Nothing of value comes easy. But you have to earn the change. It cannot be given just because you think you’re entitled to it, and you cannot circumvent the law when it suits you. Our history is filled with movements that changed laws: women’s suffrage, workplace rules, civil rights, environmental standards, gay marriage. But those people fought the legal way. They protested, organized, lobbied, and engaged in civil disobedience until they were successful in changing the law.

But if Philly’s leaders have their way, they will set the extremely dangerous precedent of ignoring laws, and, when applicable, have liberal judges legislate from the bench to accomplish their agenda. And that’s as un-American as it gets.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris FreindClick Here Now.

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