The U.S. needs new approaches to addiction, but are supervised injection sites the answer?

Could supervised injection sites in the U.S. cut down on the number of death related to opioid overdoses?  Places such as Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia have operated sites like these for years and have much less deaths due to opioid overdose in their countries. I do agree this a very controversial topic, but so were syringe exchanges in the U.S. (which now operate in 33 states).  It may be something for the U.S. to seriously try and consider; especially if they are operated well and provide lots of additional treatment options for addicts who want to get clean and sober.  Learn more about this controversial topic that state lawmakers in New York, Maryland and California, along with city officials in Seattle, San Francisco and Ithaca, New York are considering in the article called “Once unthinkable in US, drug shoot-up rooms get serious look” and make your own opinion about whether you think this would cut down on the number of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S.

 

Posted by:  Angela Whiting, North Hampton, NH

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