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Safe injection sites being reconsidered to help battle opioid epidemic

November 9, 2018

"Rob Valuck, a drug addiction expert, said there are similar programs in more than 60 cities around the world with evidence that programs like this help reduce spreading diseases. He also said it could improve access to treatment."

 

“It's not that we are sanctioning something that isn’t there,” Valuck said. “It’s already there.”

 

“We simply don't have enough treatment facilities and programs that it's easy to walk in and get treatment,” he added. “In the interim, what do we do?”

 

"However, Denver been down this road before - including Democratic State Rep. Leslie Herod. Herod was there when this effort first failed because the state legislature didn’t have enough votes to waive a nuisance law that would give Denver the opportunity to move ahead if they chose to."

 

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