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
Chuck, Cheryl's husband