Safe Injection Sites Save Lives. Drugs are bought and sold on the street. Addicts find a spot to inject and many overdose. Drug paraphernalia is left on the streets, in playgrounds and the parks. Not surprisingly community leaders, politicians, law enforcement, healthcare and the public are scope locked on this opioid epidemic asking what in the hell is to be done? No one has the solution to stop it and the opioid epidemic continues.
Many Are Not Ready For Drug Rehab
Safe Injection Sites Save Lives. Its a simple fact that if the addict is not ready to get clean, then they most certainly are not going to be successful at drug detox and rehabilitation. Many of these drug rehabilitation centers leave a lot be desired in terms of their success versus attrition rates for addicts.
One of my greatest criticisms for drug rehabilitation centers, is they do a piss poor job case managing this population following the discharge from the facility. Many of these people don’t return to stable and structured living circumstances. They may have active warrants and most don’t have a job so earning money legitimately is out. They may have mental and physical illnesses that require intervention. I lost count how many addicts, I have met who have Hepatitis C.
Some callous people shrug their shoulders and don’t care that an addict dies of an overdose. In contrast, a lot of families have been devastated from love one’s dying from an opioid overdose. One of my closest friends and a nursing colleague lost her brother to a heroin overdose. Another friend and also a nursing colleague, 22 year old daughter died from heroin addiction and involved in sex trafficking. A close military friend is losing battle to heroin addiction everyday. Her the problem is multifold because she was injured in the military with a traumatic brain injury. A few years later her younger brother died from heart complications and the year after that her Mom passed away from sepsis. The culmination left her with a feeling of hopelessness and severe depression. She started using Percocet and got into heroin.
For the apathetic uncaring people who think that addicts are not worth saving, I can say with conviction that every soul is worth saving. I also will volunteer that unless you have dealt with addict or worked with this population, things are not as simple as they seem. For many people who are addicted to opioids, quitting heroin is like trying to exorcise the devil out of a possessed soul. Once that drug sinks its teeth into its victims, it has a hold on to them stronger then any vice.
Heroin is killing a lot people
Safe Injection Sites Save Lives. The reason community leaders, politicians, law enforcement, healthcare and the public are scope locked on this opioid epidemic is because opioids KILL people in greater numbers then that of motor vehicles. Those opioid addicts who are not ready to get clean are going to use. There is nothing under the threat of logic, reason, law, health, or religion that is going to stop a determined opioid addict from using. If they have no place safe to use the drug, then it will be done in the abandoned buildings, the parks, playgrounds, public bathrooms, a car, the woods or behind a bush. Then some will discard their paraphernalia on the ground.
Safe Injection Under Supervision
Safe Injection Sites Save Lives. If leaders, would finally come to terms with the FACT the opioid addicts who are not ready for drug rehab are inevitably going to use and many of these people will die of overdoses. Then by logic of acceptance, they would agree that the Safe Injection Sites, would invariably save lives. The site would be staffed by medical professionals, social services and counseling. This would foster building relationships with addicts to address some of the issues that weigh heavily in driving them to keep using such as mental and physical illnesses, homelessness, unemployment, hopelessness and legal issues.
Supervised consumption services (SCS) are provided in legally sanctioned facilities that allow people to consume pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of trained staff and are designed to reduce the health and public order issues often associated with public drug consumption. They are also called overdose prevention centers, safe or supervised injection facilities (SIFs), and drug consumption rooms (DCRs).
Facility staff members do not directly assist in consumption or handle any drugs brought in by clients, but are present to provide sterile injection supplies, answer questions on safe injection practices, administer first aid if needed, and monitor for overdose. SCS staff also offer general medical advice and referrals to drug treatment, medical treatment, and other social support programs.
There are approximately 120 SCS currently operating in ten countries around the world (Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland) – but none in the U.S. SCSs can play a vital role as part of a larger public health approach to drug policy. They are intended to complement – not replace – existing prevention, harm reduction, and treatment interventions.
Supervised Consumption Services http://www.drugpolicy.org/issues/supervised-consumption-services
It is not enough for the police and emergency medical services to carry naloxone to counter a drug overdose. Naloxone is effective at saving those victims whose overdose is witnesses and 911 dispatches help. The Harm Reduction initiatives such as Needle Exchange helps with the prevention of reusing dirty syringes.
For the opioid epidemic and the overdoses to be comprehensively addressed will require the United States to change its legal and social policy, which currently prohibit illegal drug use. The implementation of Supervised consumption services (SCS) will significantly reduce overdoses, help to diminish the spread of infections, curb the criminal elements that accompany the drug trafficking. Until this occurs, there is no hope on the near horizon of stopping the opioid epidemic and significantly reducing the deaths from overdoses.