Since 2003, Vancouver has been the only city in North America where drug addicts can shoot heroin into their veins at an officially sanctioned injection site.
Now some of the same voices that lobbied for the site are suggesting supervised inhalation rooms for crack addicts, saying such facilities would help connect users with treatment programs and help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The suggestion, made after a study linked smoking crack to increased risk of HIV, will be controversial but is driven by pressing public health concerns, B.C.'s top health official said yesterday. "I think it's the right time once you've got the evidence, to put the evidence out and say, 'Gee guys, we need to talk about this,' " said Perry Kendall, the provincial health officer.