Re: “Tories trying to prevent other safe injection sites from being opened across Canada, say NDP, Libs,” (The Hill Times, Nov. 18, p. 1). Last July 2, the Toronto Public Health Department urged the City of Toronto to open up safe-injection sites, based on research from Vancouver where such a site was opened over 10 years ago and other countries that show these sites are effective in reducing drug overdoses and the risk of disease transmission. An Ottawa group spearheaded by the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, is now working with partners on a proposal to exempt them from this country’s drug laws and allow them to open a supervised drug injection facility. It is absolutely critical that Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and other Canadian cities get on board and support safe injection sites. It is, indeed, the right thing to do. We simply cannot ignore the scientific evidence. The issue at hand is public health, not politics. And the evidence speaks for itself. Safe injection sites also reduce the odds and or chances of police officers being exposed to HIV in the course of their work. This fact is recognized by many police services in the United States. In Atlantic City, N.J. police in December 2008 supported that city’s then-new needle exchange program, primarily because it reduces the odds of their members being exposed to HIV infection in their work. For the record, in the United States all states now have needle exchange programs for the health and safety of their police services. For police administrations and police unions, this should be a workplace safety issue. They should not put the health and safety of police officers at risk. Those in the policing community, including those who oppose these sites should re-consider the horrific consequences of their opposition to a proven, cost-effective, evidence-based program which reduces the harmful side effects of drug use, and in the process enhances the safety of police officers and other emergency workers. It should be noted that, based on scientific evidence, the Vancouver Police Department supported the continuance of the city’s supervised injection site. It is, indeed, about time we start treating drug use and drug addiction for what it is; namely, a public health problem. And when evidence-based research shows harm reduction programs, including safe injection sites, are good for public health, everyone—politicians, police services, and other concerned organizations and individuals—should take note. Politics aside, it is about time all policies affecting the health and safety of all citizens conform with science. It is called de-politicizing health. As Canadians are we up to this challenge? Emile Therien Ottawa, Ont. (The letter writer is a public health and safety advocate).