The progressive city of Seattle is considering creating “safe houses” which would give heroin addicts a safe place to shoot up. Drug addiction is an awful thing but is this really the right way to combat it?
KING in Washington reports:
Seattle eyes ‘safe injection site’ for heroin users
The newly formed Seattle-King County heroin task force is considering a safe heroin injection site as one way to address the growing heroin crisis in Washington State.
The task force is trying to find ways to expand treatment for heroin addicts amidst what health officials call an epidemic.
Insite, North America’s first supervised heroin injection site, located in Vancouver B.C., is seen by some on the task force as a progressive step forward in the fight against overdoses. It aims to to prevent fatal overdoses by providing supervised injection sites where addicts can use the illegal narcotic under the watch of medical professionals. If they start to overdose, workers can administer naloxone to reverse the process. The users would also receive services and counseling.
FOX News covered the story recently:
Will this plan just make the problem worse?