By Letter to the Editor on February 1, 2020.
I applaud Mr. Fred Nowicki for the letter he recently wrote regarding the “Supervised Consumption Site” in Lethbridge. I, too, do not like the need for its existence but I also agree that it does fulfil an important and current need.
In December 2019 I, along with three others, had an extensive tour of the facility. Prior to the tour I probably had a neutral feeling about the facility. When the tour was over I knew that, regardless of what many people in our community felt about the facility, it was fulfilling an important and urgent need. The facility is not the long-term answer but the need of many of the services available at the site will likely always be needed.
Mr. Nowicki made reference to some of the root causes that lead to the need for the services being offered. Some of the symptoms that give rise to the issues will likely always be with us and I agree there are things we can and should do as parents and grandparents that can make a difference.
Certainly no one has an answer to the long-term life of this facility but today it fulfils an important community need.
W. Robert Jacobson