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Inside Vancouver's legal supervised injection site


A project in the Downside Eastside region of Vancouver, called InSite, allows heroin addicts to inject with free syringes.

The project is allowed to operate because of a legal exemption. Those running it claim they have a higher quit rate than any official programme, and a lower rate of HIV infection through shared needles.

Mark Townsend, the founder of Insite, and Liane, who uses the centre, spoke to the BBC.

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