Early in our visit, while walking down a littered and graffiti-covered alley not 100 feet from Insite the “safe injection” facility, I witnessed two users actively shooting up and one was still mid-dose when a Vancouver Police Department cruiser rolled through. This was a 20-something young person who just turned away from the officers and continued shooting up. He didn’t seem overly concerned with being arrested and the officers later admitted that he was in no such danger because police have been neutered by politicians in enforcing British Columbia’s drug laws. They explained that they’re just there to “keep the peace” and make sure order, such as it is, is maintained. It was the most depraved scene I’ve witnessed in person.