Addicts’ safe haven in Vancouver helps control HIV

Vancouver has been called the jewel of the Pacific Northwest. But the largest city in British Columbia, Canada, has a darker side. More than 4,000 intravenous drug users live in its downtown Eastside area, turning alleys around Hastings Street into open-drug markets and shooting galleries.

The community responded to the crisis by opening Insite, North America’s first supervised injection facility, in 2003.

Beth Mendelson reports

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