Advocates say Vancouver's harm reduction push has left out crack users (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
Down the hall from the supervised injection room at Insite, there’s a mostly unused space that years ago was haphazardly filled with boxes.
Unique for a storage space, it’s outfitted to accommodate heavy air-handling units powerful enough to create negative room pressure.
According to a June 2013 report by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, in 2011, 26.9 per cent of people who use drugs in Vancouver reported smoking crack cocaine on a daily basis. That was down from a 2008 high of 40.7 per cent, but well above data from the 1990s, when daily crack use among drug users generally remained below 20 per cent.
Travis Lupick reports