The Boston City Council discussed supervised safe injection sites for drug users in a recent working session. Currently, there are bills before the Legislature that would allow safe injection sites in the Commonwealth.
The Council debated the topic with arguments both for and against. Those who support these sites say it could prevent more deaths from overdose, while those in opposition worry about attracting more drug users and crime impacting the nearby community.
Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George recently toured similar facilities in Vancouver. Insite, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, is pictured above. The facility has clean injection supplies and trained staff who can respond to an overdose. They’re also affiliated with recovery centers, so can help people who ask about treatment. Other U.S. states have visited the facility to see if this could work in their cities.
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