Giving heroine addicts the exact tools to help them continue using heroine seems counterintuitive. In my research I expect to learn how useful giving these addicts clean needles, and a safe place to do drugs actually effects their overdose rates and chance of survival. I’d also like to learn how it keeps the city safer, and if it helps keep the crime rate lower. I would like to know if these addicts are more or less incarcerated and what benefits this gives them, their city, and the other people who live in it as well as the costs related to this program.
I would also like to know if it costs the same, more, or less to run this program than to keep people with drug problems incarcerated for drug related crimes such as possession, paraphernalia, intent to distribute etc.
This story gives insight into what Vancouver does to help heroine addicts. They allow them clean needles and a safe space. I expect it to show me the statistics and standpoints from both sides of the debate.
I expect this article to help my curiosity about whether or not this program actually benefits people health wise and if it saves money or not.
This article sums up how other countries are also incorporating the same types of programs that Vancouver has. I expect it to show me if the program is working well in other countries and compare it to how well it’s worked here in the United States so far.
I expect this article to give me the standpoint that it is actually necessary and life saving to to fund a clean needle exchange program. In this program addicts would exchange their dirty (and possibly harmful) needles for clean ones which could save their life by preventing overdose, infection, or spread of disease.
I would like this article to help me understand the opposition of the use of this program and others around the world. I think it’ll also help me gain greater insight into how the programs are run and their success rates in places other than Vancouver. It’ll show me how people still oppose this being put into law even if it shows signs of a better survival rate.