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Benefits can be gained from safe injection sites: Queen's University professor

2012-04-18

 

Benefits can be gained from safe injection sites: Queen’s University professor

Queen’s University School of Medicine professor Ellen Tsai, a bioethics expert and a practicing physician, is available to comment on how the issue of safe injection sites relates to other health allocation decisions.

“There is a benefit to be gained from these safe injection sites from a harm reduction perspective, which must be combined with the other three pillars of prevention, treatment and enforcement in order to be maximally efficacious,” says Dr Tsai. “However, while many stakeholders seem to support these developing safe injection sites, the voiced opposition seems to be similar to what is said about nuclear power plants, ‘I'm okay with them, as long as they're not in my backyard.’ Politicians may not wish to support a proposal targeted to help individuals who participate in illegal and undesirable activities, given today's fiscal realities about health-care costs continuing to rise.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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