Canada's safe injection center brings drug addicts 'out of the alleys' (Dr. Julio Montaner)

“People need to feel comfortable using.”

These are the words of Darwin Fisher, manager of InSite, a supervised injection facility in Vancouver, Canada. Here, Fisher manages 13 booths, each one lined with mirrors and bright bulbs resembling those of a dressing room — and they are in demand.

“This vibrant part of the city became abandoned and then reoccupied by individuals who are predominantly poor and have very high rates of injection drug use,” says Julio Montaner, professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, who has seen the health impact of this rise in illicit drug-use. “It's one gigantic shooting gallery,” he says.

Meera Senthilingam reports.

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