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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Do Safe Heroin Injection Facilities Reduce or Perpetuate Harm?

safe heroin injection facilities Alarm over the growing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. has prompted some urban officials to advocate for safe facilities where addicts can inject drugs without harassment. Such sites already exist in Europe and Canada, and officials in New York and Washington are laying the groundwork for similar sites in their states.

Harm Reduction Is the Goal
Conventional law enforcement and prevention programs have not put a stop to urban drug use. Some city officials see the establishment of supervised facilities as a way to reduce drug-related problems that have plagued urban neighborhoods for decades. In these supervised injection sites, users would inject heroin in a safe, clean, comfortable setting under the watchful eye of trained medical personnel. Proponents believe such sites would:

• Prevent overdose deaths
• Reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C & other infections
• Allow an underserved street population to have access to medical, mental heath & social services
• Provide a venue for education & referral to addiction treatment
• Clean up blighted urban areas & urban crime

The Other Side of the Argument
Many law enforcement and public health experts not only oppose supervised injection sites; they also reject the harm reduction philosophy behind them. John P. Walters, former director of drug control policy under President George W. Bush, recently wrote this in an opinion piece in USA Today: “For addicts, the humane public health response is to help them get and stay sober, or at the very least, opioid replacement therapy in sustained treatment. Any approach without these goals is cruel and dehumanizing—not healing, but perpetuating harm.”

Treatment for Lasting Recovery
At Coast to Coast, we believe that your loved ones can be freed from the tyranny of opioid addiction and the risk of overdose. Recovery is possible… It happens everyday! Let our dedicated team at Coast to Coast Recovery find the right treatment plan to set your son or daughter on the road to a lasting recovery.

We’ll be there to guide you through the entire process, from intervention to aftercare and sober living, if that is what your family member needs. Call 800.210.8229 and let us begin the treatment matching process today.


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