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Professor Neil Boyd, SFU Criminologist Speaks Out on InSite Research

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      Professor Neil Boyd, SFU Criminologist Speaks Out on InSite Research

      OTTAWA, May 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Professor Neil Boyd, a Criminologist at
      Simon Fraser University who was recently engaged by the Stephen Harper
      Government to conduct research on InSite, Vancouver's supervised injection
      site(SIS), addressed the Ottawa Press Gallery today outlining the benefits of
      the facility. These public comments are a blow to the Federal Government, as
      Professor Boyd is the Government's key "witness" in the ongoing BC Supreme
      Court case regarding InSite's legal status.
      "There is no doubt that InSite has made a positive impact for the
      individuals who use InSite, the residents, service providers and business
      operators in the neighbourhood, and for the greater public health of the
      community," said Professor Boyd.
      Boyd's research, compiled for an advisory committee specifically selected
      by the Stephen Harper Government, highlighted many positive impacts of
      InSite's work, including:

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      - InSite is strongly supported by business operators, service providers
      and residents in the neighbourhood surrounding the facility.
      - An intentionally conservative cost-benefit analysis demonstrated that
      there are significant savings to tax-payers as a result of InSite's
      work.
      - InSite has proven to have a positive impact in reducing the spread
      of HIV/AIDS, and the consequent costs of its treatment.
      - InSite prevents drug overdose deaths.
      - There have been no adverse effects from InSite on drug use patterns,
      crime, or public disorder.
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      "The research presented re-confirms the kinds of results obtained from
      the other Health Canada funded evaluation," said Professor Boyd. "Mr. Harper
      should respect science and its principles -- the findings are demonstrated
      consistently in independently peer-reviewed scientific journals."
      "The Government's questions relating to InSite's impact have effectively
      been answered," added Professor Boyd.
      In September, 2007 a letter was published in the scientific medical
      journal Open Medicine, signed by more that 130 prominent Canadian doctors and
      scientists urging Mr. Harper to refrain from placing ideology ahead of
      scientific evidence.
      A "backgrounder" to this news release can be found at
      www.communityInSite.ca.



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      /For further information: Media Contacts: Mark Townsend, cell: (604)
      720-3050, PHS Community Services Society; Nathan Allen, cell: (604) 833-0748,
      InSite for Community Safety; www.communityInSite.ca/

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