Shooting Up Legally Up North

The latest step in the Canadian drug war may just be surrender. National health officials last week approved the first legal "safe injection site" in North America. Heroin and cocaine users at the future facility in Vancouver's drug-riddled Downtown Eastside neighborhood, will be able to shoot up under the watchful eye of a nurse and then relax in a "chill-out room" without any interference from police. A Bush Administration official ripped the initiative as "state-sponsored suicide." But Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell, an ex--drug squad cop who championed the injection site, shoots back: "I think all you have to do is take...

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