Sunday, October 16, 2005


Underbelly News
Downtown Eastside


It was incredulous to read yesterday that Mr. Larry Campbell is claiming that the crystal meth problem in Vancouver is fabricated hysteria.

I could not believe that an actual Senator could be that mis-informed. Mr. Campbell likes to think he's an authority on drugs because he worked for the RCMP in the 80's. But that was then and today is now. Things are way different today. It has become increasingly clear though that Mr. Campbell and his political mentor Jim Green, are out of touch with the realities in this City. Is it any wonder that Mr. Campbell when he applied for the Chief of Police position didn't make the grade.

Make no mistake Crystal Meth Use is a Menace and no backwater thinking on the part of ill-informed politicians will change this Fact.

Crystal Meth Use has skyrocketed in this City. More and more citizens are engaging in this drug as a matter of choice. Its not only Downtown Eastsiders but the young students who attend schools in the Suburbs who are participating in this activity. Crystal is easier to obtain, fast to market, way cheaper for the purchaser and according to users much more mentally stimulating than crack.

Young people are having their lives destroyed as a result of Crystal Meth also called Jib on the street. And the top politician in the City recklessly says there is hysteria surrounding its re-entry into the Vancouver Drug market. Boy oh Boy how dumb is that?

Facts. OK here we go. Just walk around Carnegie Centre in the back alleys and you will witness Crystal Meth addicts lighting up in the dark doorways. HIV and AIDS rates are soaring within the aboriginal and women's population. These rates are soaring because of Crystal Meth (Jib). Sadly, Women are acquiring HIV at alarming rates. Our HIV/AIDS rates according to the Canadian Medial Journal equal those rates found in third world countries such as South Africa and Botswana.

Hepatitis C from sharing Pipes used to inhale Jib is out of control. Rates in Vancouver are twice the national average and that is a cold hard fact. The associated costs for future treatment of HEP C, HIV and AIDS is going to cost us big time.

Even the Injection site that Mr. Campbell wrongfully touts as his Legacy, claims that users are accessing the project on average 4 times per month. This is concerning since we know the majority of drug addicted individuals do drugs on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. I've walked the streets and spoken to many addicts and they inform me that they do NOT use the Injection site because they are inhaling Crystal and therefore the Injection site is of no use for them. In fact, Female Sex Workers and Transgendered Sex Workers who are drug addicted are Not using the Site at all.

The notion that the facts surrounding Crystal Meth is Fabricated Hysteria goes far beyond what a reasonable, responsible individual would deduce. It goes right to the root of the problem and complete disregard of a City in Crises. This demonstrates loud and clear how HEARTLESS POLITICIANS are contributing to the ruination of our City.

Its time to put some HEART back into Vancouver

Jamie Lee Hamilton


At 6:29 PM, Anonymous raj takhar, The lotus hotel,Vancouver.B.C. said...

The whole world knows that politicians, and the police and other gentrified expediationary lot..(these conventional ones as mentioned)..always get a wrong gist of things.
The four pillar approach to harm reduction is a worthless iniative unless there is a basic "fifth" pillar of HOME attached to it.
Some people say child care should also be priority. True, but without a stable home, why be put through a revolving door of no redress thru shelters, hospitals, street-side/park-bench and the filthy pissed on DTES..allies one must remain so utterly dysfunctional & so vulnerable ?
Without a stable home the four pillars are a facade front for the police and politicians and other social agencies without any teeth of advocacy swan song, that always remain so worthless in my view.
Little wonder there is a health crises of such proprtions within this city if not just this (B.C.) province , not to mention the whole country in crises soon to be mode.
Ottawa better provide feasible help with the province , city and other minicipalities with social bodies and individuals that care.
There must be a strategic plan without any more onus on bearuecratic structure fending and then mending of waste of time and resources.
When will others learn, Jamie..I wonder all the time, don't YOU..DEAR ?

At 6:36 PM, Anonymous raj takhar said...

First senationlaize an issue. Then stigmatize it . What a convenient way of scapegoating.
Crystal meth was in the addiction realm of North America since the late 60's ..and now we are shedding crocodile tears here, even after post crises revisitations.
I say all should start doing crystal meth to open your brain valves after smoking pot.
What a sly bunch.
Get a life people. Can somebody throw a cracked crystal pipe for those boys in blue in the DTES ?

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At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really glad you're calling attention to this important issue, Jamie Lee. The public has a right to be concerned about the growing use and availability of crystal meth, and the proximity of meth-labs in our own neighbourhoods. Crystal meth has become a very visible problem in the gay community over the past 5 years or so. It's really changed the whole social tone of Vancouver's gay community. Emiaciated tweakers and that nasty "meth vibe" are now commonplace, especially in the nightlife and the afterhours party scene. I see no evidence of the "hysteria" Larry Campbell refers to. He's not only patronising the voting public, but he seems intent on derailing legitimate public debate of the issue. Keep fighting the good fight, Jamie Lee.

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Jamie Lee Hamilton said...

Thank You for the positive feedback. I really appreciate it!
I have a plan to address this problem and it will be introduced into the public in the next few days.


Jamie Lee

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Dark Tallulah said...

I saw Campbell the other night on the news, and to paraphrase, "I'd be upset if my son was using heroin, crack, cystal meth, or smoking cigarettes." Linear thinking at its finest. Thank G*d this jerk will soon be hunkered down in the Senate, with all the other sleeping idiots. zzzzz

Jaimie - I enjoy reading your blog! Hang in there Girl - you're doing a great job ;-)


At 1:34 PM, Blogger Jamie Lee Hamilton said...

Thanks Tallulah! Keep it up too!

At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you are just now seeing meth as a big problem, because the media is making it a big problem. and of course that's where you get your information from. meth has been around for longer than i've been alive, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
Also, to say say that a person, a human being is heartless because he doesn't see things your way is pretty fu** up IMO. i'm sad to have stumbled upon your blog.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Jamie Lee Hamilton said...

Crystal Meth is a Menace. The poor helpless souls have their lives destroyed because of idiots like you who claim Jhib (crystal) to be harmless. You Anonymous One are just like Mayor Larry Campbell and Councillor Jim Green who claim Crystal Meth use is fabricated Hysteria. This is pure nonsense. Crystal, Rock, Crack, Heroin--you name it is ruining peoples lives. And someone like you who shouts out that drug misuse is ok, in my opinion should be locked away. You are the criminals in our society. You are inflicting War on Humanitry when you claim Crystal or the other drugs are not destroying people. You are the worst type of criminal in our society. You are Heartless and Promote Greed. Its you who should be locked away.

Jamie Lee Hamilton

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