We need to keep an open mind on safe drug consumption sites

I am writing regarding the article in the Sept. 17 Red Deer Advocate entitled “Moms visit overdose site.”

The founder of Mom’s Stop the Harm, Petra Schulz, quoted a comment she heard at the recent town hall meeting hosted by the United Conservative government in Red Deer.

I attended that meeting, and the comment she chose to quote, or the Advocate writer chose to print, was certainly the worst thing that was said that evening.

The speaker was booed by the crowd and admonished by the moderator.

While emotions were certainly high in that room, and the majority of speakers spoke against the high rates of crime in our city, and linked that to drug problems, I also heard many speak out about how this is an issue that is seriously dividing our community, and we, as a community, must seek solutions together to solve.

Quoting the worst of the worst being said, inferring the entire evening was about these kinds of comments, and reporting it that way as well, will do nothing but widen the divide on this issue.

Beverly Krausher, Red Deer

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