Opioid addiction continues to rise in America, and President Trump is working hard to find a solution. Most of the country agrees that the epidemic needs attention right away. One tactic many countries, including Canada, has implemented is to supervise drug injections to help the user immediately if they have an overdose. Safe injection sites are controversial, but some experts swear that if America allowed them, thousands of lives in this country could be saved.
According to Today, it is vital that Trump's administration comes up with a plan not only to reduce opioid addiction but a way to save lives from those who abuse drugs. While the goal of handling the opioid crisis should be to get people off drugs and into treatment, experts say that it's impossible to force someone into treatment that isn't ready to quit using.
The safe injection sites provide the user with a clean needle, a band-aid, and an alcohol swab to clean the area. One of the most significant risks for those who use heroin (or similar drugs) is sharing dirty needles. The risk of contracting a deadly disease is very high. To combat the threat, experts believe that setting up a safe place to use would decrease the rate of drug users contracting HIV.