U.S. surgeon general in Philly: Expand needle exchange programs instead of opening safe injection sites
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, in Philadelphia Saturday to participate in a march to combat stigma against drug addiction, said the Trump administration has made its position on safe injection sites clear: Despite the city’s efforts to sanction a site where people can use drugs under medial supervision in order to prevent overdoses, federal officials believe the measure is a violation of federal law.
Instead, Adams said, the federal government should spend its energy working to expand other harm-reduction measures that have been endorsed by the feds, like needle exchanges, which have been shown to reduce the spread of blood-borne infections like HIV and hepatitis C.
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