This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.
October 22, 2007
Should Cities Offer Safe Sites for Injection Drug Users?
City health officials and addiction experts took the first steps Thursday toward opening the nation's only government-sponsored injection room that would give drug addicts a safe, clean place to shoot up. Hoping to reduce San Francisco's high rate of fatal drug overdoses, the local public health department co-sponsored a symposium on the only such facility in North America, a 4-year-old Vancouver site where an estimated 700 users a day self-administer narcotics under the supervision of nurses.