MY VISIT TO INSITE
A “SAFE” INJECTION SITE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
My Visit to a “Safe” Injection Site
It was the summer of 2017 and I was reading on Reddit about a proposal to bring Safe Injection Sites “SIS” to Federal Way. Immediately news spread and it was brought up at an upcoming city council meeting. This meeting was the first or second one I ever spoke at during citizen comment. You can see the KOMO news clip below for the highlights of that meeting and the one clip they put in of myself at the 1:02 mark.
Fast forward to 40 seconds to see the Federal Way City Council recap
After this meeting, a trip was planned to see Insite up close. I had heard debate both for and against “SIS” and realized that to make an informed decision, I had to learn more and experience it myself.
I went up there and it’s almost paranormal how you are in a beautiful, vibrant city and within one block you are in a 3x3 block of what looks like a war zone. I was not allowed by police to film on the street and they would not speak on camera but in conversation one officer told me, “As long as we keep them in this pen, they can pretty much do whatever they want.”
Yes..he said “a pen”, like animals. I was blown away because even though I consider myself one who supports being tough on crime, I also try to show empathy and compassion to challenges people face. This was crazy.
The officer also told me that the increase in drug dealers who now use this 3x3 area as their headquarters and it has spiked violence between competing dealers.
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My Visit to a Safe Injection Site
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Thank you for watching. I hope you got something from it. I present one side of an issue, others have different opinions, and that’s why I went there. I went so I could see first hand what was going on at Insite and learn more about what this means for Federal Way.
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