Cities Should Open Safe Spaces for Injecting Heroin

Cities Should Open Safe Spaces for Injecting Heroin
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Two cities in America — Seattle and Philadelphia — are now moving forward with a bold approach to help prevent more drug overdose deaths: supervised drug consumption sites.

The facilities, also known as safe injection sites, provide a space where people can use drugs, legal or not, with sterile injection equipment — such as new syringes — and the supervision of trained staff, who are ready with the opioid overdose antidote naloxone if anything goes wrong.

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