By Letter to the Editor on November 20, 2019.
Re: Nov. 15 letter, “SCS isn’t to blame for crime problems.”
The SCS has attracted, and continues to attract a plethora of criminals to Lethbridge. This is not only a given due to the nature of the site, but also has been admitted by the Lethbridge police and the Kainai Nation (Blood reserve). This is why for the last couple of years, we’ve had a massive increase in assaults, armed robberies, theft, and break and enters.
The Lethbridge SCS is not a true supervised consumption site. Most of their users go in, grab their free needles and meth pipes, and leave to get high right outside of the building, or in our parks, playgrounds and schoolyards. Furthermore, at just about any time, drug deals can be witnessed right outside of the SCS. As such, more accurate terms for the site would be, “Drug Tools Distribution Site,” “Drug Haven,” or as the addicts aptly call it, “The Drug Clubhouse.”
The SCS doesn’t save lives. For the most part, it prolongs addicts suffering and their inevitable death. In the meantime, innocent people are now constantly subject to their crimes.
The SCS has been, and continues to be, a disaster for Lethbridge. Any politician who played a part in bringing this insanity to Lethbridge should admit their error, apologize and take action to correct the problem.
Close the drug clubhouse and mandate court-ordered long-term rehab and/or long-term jail. That’s the only way to reverse the cesspool of drugs and crime that the SCS (and our so-called “leaders”) have created.