Denver approves safe injection sites, should it be allowed and if so, should public funds be used to create these injection sites?

Denver City Council passes ordinance to create safe injection site

Colorado is one step closer to having a supervised injection site for drugs

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DENVER (KKTV) – A city in Colorado is one step closer to having a supervised drug injection facility.

On Monday, Denver City Council approved a pilot program for the facility with a 12-1 vote. The proposed site now must be given the okay by the State General Assembly.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock tweeted out support for the proposed site:

Denver is seeing significant numbers of overdose deaths. In 2017, there were 201 total deaths, 110 involving opioids. I’m proud that @DenCityCouncil has voted yes on Supervised Use Sites tonight. We need to start looking at more innovative ways to approach the #opioidcrisis.”

According to DrugPolicy.Org, supervised injection facilities 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.

11 News partner CBS Denver spoke to a state representative who opposes the proposed site.

“I think it’s a horrendous idea,” said State Rep. Patrick Neville.

Neville says the focus should be on treatment.

“We encourage people to break laws as long as they do so in a certain location? To me, that makes no sense. I think we should be discouraging this type of behavior not encouraging it by having these so-called sanctuary injection sites.”

The first regular session of the 72nd General Assembly for the State of Colorado is scheduled to convene on Jan. 4, 2019.

Click here for additional details on the proposed bill as of Nov. 13.

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A supervised use site pilot program was approved by City Council on a vote of 12-1. The intent will be for no public funds to be used and the site can’t open until the State General Assembly votes to allow such sites. @HarmReduction @HRAC_Denver

 
 

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