U.S. surgeon general in Philly: Expand needle exchange programs instead of opening safe injection sites

September 22, 2018

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is advocating needle exchanges rather than safe injection sites to address the opioid epidemic.

By Staff

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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