The Place for Safe Spaces

Editor’s Note: This week we will highlight 5 takes on whether or not supervised drug-consumption spaces should be used to address the opioid/heroin epidemic, from the summer issue of Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine. Read the complete set here.

“They should be part of a comprehensive drug treatment and health promotion program. A key component would be linking them to supportive treatment facilities. Having settings where the chances of arrest are reduced would also probably facilitate safer injection. Key questions are how significant are the barriers to use of safe-injection facilities and are there larger interventions that could have more of a public health impact, such as empowering and organizing drug users.”
—Carl Latkin, PhD, MS, is vice chair and professor in Health, Behavior and Society.

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