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RSS FeedsMoss Park residents say crime has escalated since drug injection sites
(The Star Food)

 
 

17 august 2018 09:21:54

 
Moss Park residents say crime has escalated since drug injection sites
(The Star Food)
 




Since drug injection sites opened around Moss Park last year, residents say they’re finding more used needles strewn in laneways, dealers selling drugs in plain sight and people verbally attacking passersby.The harm reduction workers in the neighbourhood, on the other hand, who help some of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents, insist the problems aren’t new, that poverty, mental illness and addiction have long plagued the community, and what matters most is that lives are being saved as an opioid epidemic rages in Toronto and across the country. What both sides agree on is that the drug injection sites bring out into the open what was previously hidden behind closed doors and in dark alleyways. Read more: Don’t open more drug injection sites here, downtown city councillor saysToronto overdose deaths highlight need for prevention sites, advocacy group saysOpinion | Safe injection sites are an ethical imperative, not a political optionNow, people visit the sites throughout the day and into the evening to safely inject their drugs as trained volunteers make sure they don’t overdose. In between visits they sit and chat outside, or doze in the August heat. But where they go afterward remains a concern for community leaders who want more addiction treatment services, mental health supports, homeless shelters and affordable housing.“If there’s an increase in crime, it’s not about the sites,” said Zoe Dodd, a harm reduction worker who co-organized the pop-up injection site at Moss Park, which later received federal approval to keep operating. “It has more to do with the increase in poverty and social inequality. We put the sites where people are already congregating, using and dying.”In the past year, four sites near Moss Park have opened: one on Victoria St., one on Queen St. E. and two on Dundas St. E. This week, local Councillor Lucy Troisi called for a moratorium, saying four sites within walking dist ...
 
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