Are heroin fix rooms–legal safe injection sites—an eventuality in California?
Earlier this year, State Assembly Bill 186 proposed just such a concept. Under the plan, designated California cities and counties would provide:
- A hygienic space supervised by health care professionals where people who use drugs can consume pre-obtained drugs.
- Sterile consumption supplies, collection of used hypodermic needles/syringes, and secure disposal services.
- First aid/treatment for potential overdoses.
- Access/referrals to substance use disorder treatment services, medical services, mental health services, and social services.
- Education on the risks of contracting HIV and viral hepatitis.
- Overdose prevention education and access to or referrals to obtain naloxone or another overdose reversal medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
And, although the bill failed to pass in September, the momentum may already be there. Susan Eggman, an Assemblymember in California’s 13th District, vows to try again in 2018, saying, “It’s treating addiction as a public health issue and getting people help rather than criminalizing it.”
The City of San Francisco is already discussing developing a safe injection site modeled after a successful Vancouver, Canada, facility – the first such program in North America.
There are already at least 90 safe injection facilities in 10 European countries, including:
It’s hard to argue with success. InSite, Canada’s supervised facility opened in 2003, and since then, there have been over 2.6 MILLION monitored injections, with ZERO fatalities.
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