By Letter to the Editor on June 12, 2019.
The purpose of this letter is to describe the ongoing destruction of Lethbridge due to the SCS, and to show that the terms “SCS” and “SCS saves lives” are misnomers.
The SCS began operating in small downtown Lethbridge approximately 15 months ago. The results have been:
– A massive increase in all crime including assaults on business owners, general residents, and seniors. A recent poll by the Lethbridge Herald showed approximately 86 per cent of Lethbridge residents no longer feel safe going to the downtown area.
– Property value and business revenue plummeting in a large area surrounding the SCS. This area of carnage and crime is continuously growing.
– As stated by the Lethbridge police, many (if not most) of the addicts have come from outside of Lethbridge. This is also no surprise, as the addicts refer to the SCS as the “clubhouse” where they gather with the dealers and are free from consequences.
– Overwhelmed police and EMS services. This is due to the skyrocketing crime, and numerous overdoses of poison each day. Be it noted that “ingesting poison” and “dosage” should not be mutual terms. There is no safe dose of poison, so there should be no such term as a poison “overdose.”
The Safe Injection Site term is a misnomer, as the vast majority of the users get their free needles and leave the site. These addicts are constantly shooting up and/or passed out in our parks and school grounds.
The saving lives term is also a misnomer. What they call saving lives, is actually perpetuating death by poisoning. They help people to inject poison, revive them from inevitable death due to injecting poison, then help them to constantly repeat that process. This process is the exact opposite of compassion.
The site isn’t helping the problem. They are making things worse for both addicts and the general residents of Lethbridge. Their destructive practices need to be immediaetly stopped, and the site should be converted to a detoxification centre.