Hmmm, lots of inexpensive, high-quality heroin but they say it is from Columbia and not Afghanistan? That seems odd to me.
It is very different to have a needle exchange program vs. a center where addicts can go to shoot up, I think. Hard to imagine it, really. Tacoma is my closest city; about 200 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. There is a heavy-duty narcotics problem, possibly from a combination of proximity to military bases, indian reservations and a poor economy. This is what Tacoma has done...
The first needle exchange program to operate with some community consensus was organized by Dave Purchase in Tacoma, Washington. In April 1988, Purchase, an activist with extensive experience in directing drug rehabilitation programs, informed the mayor, public officials, and others whom he thought might be politically affected that he planned to begin a program. In August of that year, he set up a table in downtown Tacoma to exchange needles and syringes. The program, originally funded by the Mahatma Kane-Jeeves Memorial Dope Fiend Trust, which consisted of Purchase and other private donors, grew into the Point Defiance AIDS Project and operates under contract with the local department of public health.
from Needle Exchange: A Brief HistoryAegis Law Library
The Pt. Defiance AIDS Project received a $75,000 grant for 2003 to continue the needle exchange program.
As far as having a safe place during the day... there is a program here called Nativity House which provides meals, clothes, logistical support and most of all a daytime respite from the street, however drugs are absolutely forbidden.