In 2018, officials in the U.S. city of Philadelphia city proposed opening a “safe haven” in an effort to combat the city's heroin epidemic. In 2016 64,070 people died in the U.S. from drug overdoses - a 21% increase from 2015. 3/4 of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. are caused by the opioid class of drugs which includes prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl. To combat the epidemic cities including Vancouver, BC and Sydney, AUS opened safe havens where addicts can inject drugs under the supervision of medical professionals. The safe havens reduce the overdose death rate by insuring the addicted patients are given drugs that are not contaminated or poisoned. Since 2001 5,900 people have overdosed at a safe haven in Sydney, Australia but no one has died. Proponents argue that the safe havens are the only proven solution to lower the overdose fatality rate and prevent the spread of diseases like HIV-AIDS. Opponents argue that safe havens may encourage illegal drug use and re-direct funding from traditional treatment centers.
No, but we should treat drug abuse more as a health issue than a criminal issue. Addiction is a not as simple as black and white. I believe there should be incentivization of private corporations to aid with drug use. Not a safe haven where folks can use at will but a treatment clinic where people can safely be rehabilitated.
No, they don't have supervision now and it would just milk the taxpayers to require supervision. Just make all drugs legal and stop the 'drug war' - it is a failure. We didn't have drugs illegal until 100 years ago and people did as they choose. Keep driving or operating anything that endangers others while intoxicated illegal. It's like trying to make drinking illegal - people are going to do what they want regardless of the laws.
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