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Seattle Promotes Illegal Drug Use

Awash in overdoses, Seattle creates safe sites for addicts to inject illegal drugs

Seattle Promotes Illegal Drug Use

The Leftist Liberals that insist it is okay to kill unborn babies are saying it is also okay to promote illegal drug use. They are even going so far as to set up spaces where they will practically help the addicts with their … um … hobby?

The Washington Post reports that officials in Seattle approved the nation’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs. The sites offer addicts clean needles, medical supervision and quick access to drugs that reverse the effects of an overdose.

While opponents say the sites promote illegal drug use, supporters say they can keep people alive and steer them toward treatment. They compare supervised injection facilities to the needle exchanges that became popular in the 1980s and 1990s as a way to stanch the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among intravenous drug users.

“These sites save lives and that is our goal in Seattle/King County,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) said in a statement.

The sites are not currently legal under federal law, according to Kelly Dineen, a professor of health law at Saint Louis University School of Law. A provision of the Controlled Substances Act makes it illegal to operate facilities where drugs are used, she said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a record 33,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015. Opioids now kill more people each year than car accidents. In 2015, the number of heroin deaths nationwide surpassed the number of deaths from gun homicides.

“The real goal is not to open a day spa where people can come in and have a good time and use drugs, but to engage them in treatment,” Duchin said. “They inject in a place where there’s a health-care worker who can save their lives if they overdose.”

Duchin said all drug users will be supervised at all times. If a person exhibits signs of an overdose, he said, a health-care worker will administer Naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opioids.

So, those that wish to shoot the nasty stuff in their veins can do so in Seattle knowing the government will aid and abet this illegal activity.