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Push to Allow Safer Consumption Spaces

VOCAL New York is on a statewide tour this week to talk about safe consumption spaces and combating drug overdoses. These spaces are also known as supervised injection facilities. They give heroin users and others a place to take drugs with medical professionals on hand in case something goes wrong. Canada already has some facilities, and Europe has had them for years. The idea has been proposed in Ithaca and New York City. But state law would need to be changed to allow them. Joining us to make the case for doing that are Terrell Jones and Robert Suarez from VOCAL NY and Cortney Lovell from WRise Consulting.

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Group proposes injection rooms for heroin users

Advocacy organization Vocal NY and a group of health care providers are pushing a controversial effort to help with the opioid crisis: supervised injection facilities where anyone who walks can have clean needles and space to inject drugs.

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Push for safe injection sites in New York

In response to New York’s drug overdose crisis, a group of healthcare professionals and public health advocates are launching a statewide campaign, calling for safe injection sites. A public exhibit will be put on display Thursday at the Albany Campus Center from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Injection ‘Chill Rooms’ Proposed For Oakland Needle Exchange Program

At last weekend’s syringe and needle exchange, Courtney and other HIV Education Prevention Project of Alameda staffers unveiled what they call a “chill room.” It’s a pop-up tent designed as a safe injection site manned by a medical professional. The group said there are 90 such sites worldwide, but the only one in North America is in Vancouver.

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Drug Consumption Sites Touted As Safe Spaces For Illegal Drug Use

Creating places where drug users could go to shoot up heroin or smoke crack is an increasingly popular idea. Treatment advocates say it’s a recognition that addiction is a public health crisis. A mock up of a drug consumption site was on display in various Seattle parks this week.

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Why You Should Smoke Your Meth

The sociologist who brought a mock safe drug site to Seattle explains harm reduction. Clad in blue jeans and a t-shirt, Greg Scott looks like he belongs on a billboard or the side of a bus, advertising Portland tourism. His arms are sleeved in tattoos. His eyeglasses are retro and purple. His beard is short and red. But he’s from Chicago—DePaul University, to be exact…

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Group tries to educate about supervised consumption of drugs

VIDEO: We’ve all heard of needle exchange programs, but what if there was a program that took it even further? A place where addicts can take their drugs under medical supervision. The facilities exist in Europe and Canada but not here in the U.S. and one group is trying to change that.

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Seattleites get glimpse of safe injection sites

Talking to Ashley Hempelmann, you’d never guess the articulate, intelligent, enthusiastic young woman is just four months removed from shooting heroin in alleys and public restrooms around Seattle. “I was born and raised in Seattle, great family, no history of addiction, no trauma, no abuse, nothing,” Ashley said. “I had all the opportunity in the world. I went to college, graduated, straight-A student. Yet, this can affect anybody.”

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SAFE SHAPE Interview

The Drugreporter team filmed a piece about the Safe Shape during the Drug Policy Alliance conference in 2015. The video features an interview with Greg Scott who came up with the original idea for SAFE SHAPE.