I have not been a big fan of insite. It smacks to me of allowing people to further wallow in their misery. I have seen some evidence that the harm reduction strategy works, but I it also seems to absolve people of personal responsibility. I have met one of the doctors who helps run insite and he assures me it works. I guess I have ideological problems with the concept. I also have spoken to a prominent HIV researcher in Montreal who also likes Insite.
Insite is funded provincially so the only question is whether the Federal jurisdiction of criminal law will be recognized by the high court. I do believe that provinces should have the right to try alternate forms of healthcare ( and thereby mostly ignore the dumb Canada health Act). So my position is leave Insite to the BC Government to decide. Let there be no federal funding. As I have said before I support the Portuguese approach to drugs.
I hope my colleagues at Insite will strongly encourage rehab. I have dealt with many addicts in my life. There is a great sadness to their lives. They also destroy the lives of those all around them. This drug issue is one of my big problems with my libertarian friends. I have come to the conclusion that I can support the Portuguese laws, but I am still very wary of Insite. My position is more to allow provinces the right to experiment with such healthcare issues in all spheres.