Staying Alive

Staying Alive

Canada's Controversial Safe Injection Site

DVD - 2009 :
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"Insite, located in Vancouver's notorious downtown eastside, has been controversial since it first opened its doors in 2003. An exemption from federal drug laws was granted to allow addicts to bring their drugs onto the premises and inject them; Insite provides clean needles and medical supervision. It's funded by British Columbia's government and championed by community leaders, but Harper's government is openly hostile to it and is trying to shut it down. Now, for the first time, cameras have been allowed to record the daily dramas at Insite ... reporter Hana Gartner introduces some of those who work there, including Darwin Fisher, the intake manager, and Dr. Gabor Mate, who has been caring for addicts, prostitutes and the homeless for the past 10 years. Gartner also follows three addicts doing their best to survive despite the many issues that confront them: poverty, homelessness, unemployment, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, a history of trauma and/or sexual abuse."--CBC web site. Also looks at Onsite, the detox centre for addicts located upstairs from Insite.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] :, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,, [2009] :, CBC Learning [distributor]
Copyright Date: © 2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (44 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in (DVD)

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