Here's a List of All the Places Considering Safe Injection Sites to Help the Opioid Crisis

As the opioid crisis in America continues, states and cities are considering any proposals that could help solve it. And many are considering a controversial policy that the Trump administration does not approve.

Many places in America are considering creating safe injection sites, centers where people can use heroin or other dangerous drugs under medical supervision without threat of law enforcement. The idea is that people can use these drugs in a place where they won't overdose and can also receive help to get off the drug.

The proposal has gained steam in recent weeks after safe injection sites were featured in an episode of Follow This, a Netflix series created by Buzzfeed, and also the approval of a site in San Francisco. It's gained so much steam that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he slammed the idea.

There are over 100 safe injection sites around the world, but none in the United States. But several places are considering them. Buzzfeed created a map showing all the states and cities where creating safe injection sites has been discussed:

safe injection sites map

As you can see, there are several places that have approved safe injection sites, but simply haven't officially opened them yet. 

Safe injection sites won't be the only policy needed to solve the opioid crisis, but at least it's better than dusting off the "Just Say No" playbook that the Trump administration has done the past two years.

(h/t Buzzfeed)


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