Addicts may be able to indulge at San Fransisco injection sites
San Fransisco health officials are in the process of opening the nation's first legal safe-injection room where drug addicts could shoot heroin, cocaine and other drugs under nurse supervision in hope of decreasing the city's high rate of fatal overdoses, the Minnesota Daily reported Friday.
The only facility similar to that in the potential plans is a 4-year-old Vancouver site where about 700 i.v. users a day use narcotics under nurse supervision, where the public health department co-sponsored a symposium, the Daily included in the article.
Organizers of the event said that it could take years to get such a facility "up and running."
"Sixty-five similar facilities exist in 27 cities in eight countries, but no other U.S. cities have considered creating one," according to Hilary McQuie, Western director for the Harm Reduction Coalition.
Grant Colfax, director of HIV prevention for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, estimated that there are between 11,000 and 15,000 intravenous drug users in San Francisco, most of whom are homeless men.