420 with CNW — Justice Dept. Considering Measures for Safe Drug Consumption Sites

February 16, 2022 16:25:00

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) is evaluating the authorization of harm reduction centers for people to use currently illicit drugs in a supervised environment and receive treatment resources. New York City became the first state to launch safe drug consumption sites in November 2021. Then Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY) said that the so-called Overdose Prevention Centers are an effective option in addressing the opioid crisis. According to the AP, the sites have prevented 125 overdoses.

Advocates are eager to hear the federal government’s response in a lawsuit over a proposal that could see the establishment of similar centers in Philadelphia. As the deadline approaches…

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