Philadelphia Mulls Supervised Injections to Cut Drug Deaths

published on February 18, 2019 in Voice of America

For nearly two decades, Vancouver, the epicenter of Canada’s increasingly deadly drug epidemic, has embraced an initiative that was once dismissed as a reckless experiment but has since won over some of its fiercest critics: a walk-in facility where addicts can inject heroin under the watch of medical professionals.

Allowed as an exemption under Canada’s drug laws, Insite operates out of a storefront in the drug- and crime-ridden neighborhood of Downtown Eastside. Inside is a quiet, spacious “injection room” with 12 booths where addicts can shoot up their own drugs using freely supplied clean needles and tourniquets…

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