Footage of 'safe' injection site at Vancouver's New Fountain Shelter prompts ethical and regulatory concerns

Video from inside a 'safe' injection site shows drug users passed out, screaming, and crying as health officials are nowhere to be found.


A recent video shared by a homeless services provider depicting a safe injection site in Vancouver, BC, has ignited a debate about the effectiveness and regulation of these facilities. 

The footage portrays scenes of chaos and distress at Vancouver's New Fountain Shelter, with multiple individuals passing out, some appearing to be overdosing, and women crying behind closed doors. Disturbingly, the video also suggests a lack of adequate staff presence to ensure the safety and security of those present, as no health professionals are present nearby.

At one point in the video, a drug user is even seen passed out with his face in a bowl of cereal.

The video was posted by Kevin Dahlgren, a former homeless service specialist from Oregon. Dahlgren currently works to combat the “homeless industrial complex” and speak out about drug use that occurs on the streets of large urban cities across the country. Dahlgren was also accused of stealing property and committing identity theft while working for the city of Gresham, and later resigned.

Safe injection sites are established with the objective of providing a supervised environment for drug users to consume drugs safely, under the supervision of healthcare professionals. The intention is to reduce the risk of fatal overdoses by providing prompt faster medical assistance if needed.

However, the efficacy of these sites are often in question, as many critics question if they actually fulfill their intended purpose or simply incentivize larger drug use. 

The scenes captured in the footage depict a concerning lack of oversight and support for individuals in need. Instead of providing a safe and controlled environment, the video suggests an environment of chaos and vulnerability.

Recently, the state of Oregon attempted to implement a drug-friendly environment for residents of the state. In 2020, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of hard drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and LSD. However, as drug use became rampant throughout the state, Oregon lawmakers have not voted to make minor drug possession a criminal misdemeanor offense once again.

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