It’s a controversial topic to say the least. When fentanyl was slowly being introduced and cut into heroin a few years ago, overdoses started to increase at an exponential rate. Addicts and even first time users were experiencing near fatal repercussions as the death rate from drug use sky-rocketed. Many states started to provide safe injection sites, and needle exchange programs to help educate and curb the increasing overdose rate. But tension on the subject is keeping this concept from becoming a reality. With massive debate about what is the right thing to do.
Some people say that these sites do nothing but support drug use, and that providing addicts a safe space is like telling them to go ahead and do drugs, or that its ok, or socially acceptable to get high. That may be one opinion, but the truth is far more complicated. The addicted mind will cause the user to do drugs no matter what the situation requires, so would you rather more people die and spread disease, or have safe places to go, and maybe get some information about how to get sober in the process.
While drug-related fatalities climb to record levels across the country, at least a dozen U.S. cities are thinking about opening supervised injection sites, where people can fulfill their habits with trained staff available in case of an overdose. But the Justice department is cracking down on the states that are allowing these sites to develop. Places like California are waiting for the Governors approval as pressure from the White House escalates.
More than 72,000 people died last year from over-doses. As the numbers increase, the public calls for more action from the government. As the battle over proper legislation continues, Americans are suffering and in need of solutions. That is where you, and your community come into play.
What Can I Do?
One of the only ways to combat the addiction epidemic plaguing our country is to stay informed, and keeping an open channel of communication with not only your family, but your neighbors as well. Proper drug trends, and information that is relevant to addicts and those they love can be found here on our active blog section, and searchable by key terms that are relevant to your situation. We also have a chat feature that connects you live with an addiction specialist.
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