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Vermont legislators consider safe injection site measure

January 9, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lawmakers in Vermont are considering legislation that would protect safe injection sites.

Vermont Public Radio reports the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Thursday on the issue. Sarah Evans shared medical research from a facility she oversaw called Insite in Vancouver.

According to Evans, Insite users are twice as likely to get treatment compared to others. Evans said there have been no deaths at supervised injection sites.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George created the safe injection site commission that recommended the practice in Vermont. George said there’s no “valid research” against the facilities.

Democratic state Sen. Dick Sears, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he wants to move forward with the legislation. Sears says he’s not sure if the Senate will back the measure.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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