A task force in Seattle hopes to follow in Vancouver’s footsteps by opening the first supervised injection site in the U.S.
Last year, there were over 132 heroin-related deaths in King County, which includes the city of Seattle.
Brad Finegood, co-chair of the Heroin and Prescription Task Force, thinks supervised injection centers are the best way to tackle those statistics.
“The numbers don’t lie. Vancouver’s not the only place where these facilities exist, worldwide, this is an intervention that’s used in a lot of different places and it’s used to tremendous success and here in Seattle we’re just lucky that Vancouver’s just a stone’s throw away so that we don’t have to recreate the wheel.”
Finegood says supervised injection sites are the only answer to the city’s growing problem.
“People are treated so humanely and are treated as people. We’ve been used to treating people with substance use disorders are people with moral deficiencies and they’re not. The people at Insite do such a quality job of engaging folk as folk and community centres.”
Millions of injections have taken place at Vancouver’s Insite Supervised Injection Site, with zero deaths reports.