Seattle has decided to follow the Portugal and Vancouver models of fighting addiction and overdose deaths during the height of it’s opioid epidemic. There are currently more addicts entering treatment for heroin abuse than alcohol abuse which is an alarming and telling statistic.
So Seattle has opened “Safe Consumption Facilities” where addicts can legally shoot up or use illicit drugs. These facilities will provide safe, clean places to shoot up which will decrease the risk of infection, contamination, and death.
Drugs will not be provided in these locations, but addicts will receive clean needles and syringes. Addicts will also be able to “take other addictive drugs under the supervision of trained authorities,“ according to the The New York Times.
How do you feel about this new method of dealing with the opioid epidemic?
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