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A registered nurse holds a tray of supplies to be used by a drug addict at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver on May 11, 2011.
A registered nurse holds a tray of supplies to be used by a drug addict at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver on May 11, 2011.
(JOHN LEHMANN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

With B.C.’s Insite turning 10, it’s time for the drug-policy debate to evolve

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On Sept. 21, 2003, Insite, Canada’s only supervised injection site, opened its doors – and what a decade it’s been.

Insite began as a three-year research project to determine if providing a safe place for intravenous drug users to shoot up would help reduce the carnage on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.