Shooting up legally – Steve, a long-term heroin addict, prepares to inject himself at InSite, a Canadian tax-payer funded medical center where addicts can shoot up with medical staff close by and where they won't be arrested.
Shooting up legally – InSite offers addicts clean needles but controversially does not require them to try to kick their addictions. It is the only facility of its kind run by the health providers in North America.
Shooting up legally – The Mobile Needle Exchange goes out into the community and provides clean needles and crack pipe kits for those unwilling or unable to visit InSite.
Shooting up legally – The Canadian Supreme Court ruled the Vancouver center should remain open as it gave drug addicts access to the same healthcare as other Canadian citizens.
Shooting up legally – InSite in Vancouver is based on this center in Bern, Switzerlandand. Now other Canadian cities such as Toronto are looking at implementing similar programs.
Shooting up legally – Vancouver is often cited in lists of the best places to live but InSite is located in one of the country's worst post codes.
Shooting up legally – On the streets around InSite you don't have to look far to see the signs of the drug addicts.