Should we give addicts a safe space to do drugs? | The Tylt
Should we give addicts a safe space to do drugs?
Critics of safe injection sites say the government cannot enable the use of drugs. Instead of investing resources into creating a place for addicts to shoot up, the government should invest in programs that actively try to help drug addicts fix their lives.
Enabling drug addicts to prolong and pursue their addictions while being sanctioned by the city of San Francisco is not leadership. What’s next? Safe sites for alcoholics? How about safe sites for people with anger management issues? Perhaps we can pair them up and let them battle with each other. ... The last thing anyone, including me, looked for when using, was a safe place to shoot up. Supervisor Campos should invest the time and money of San Francisco taxpayers toward rehabilitation centers with beds, counselors, education and support systems. Telling drug addicts it’s all right to use drugs benefits only prisons and funeral homes.
Supporters of safe injection sites say providing a location for supervised injections is about making sure people don't die. Curing someone of addiction is a complex task that is often hit by setbacks and relapses. Heroin addicts will find a way to consume the drug. It's better to have them do it in a safe place, where they can then be connected to recovery resources.
"Oh, you're going to enable an addict," Rosenthal said critics have told her. "My answer is heroin addicts will shoot up wherever they are. They will shoot up on the street. They will shoot up in public restrooms. They will shoot up on the subway." ... The number in which the InSite staff probably take the most pride is zero, as in zero overdose deaths since its first day of business. Oh, around 30 people OD at InSite each month, D'Angelo said, but a nurse-led team is available to intervene immediately with naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.