Heroin Injection Sites, Coming Soon...

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Ithaca, New York, a sleepy upstate town that faces an increasingly high death rate due to heroin overdose -- Mayor Svante Myrick proposes a radical approach in fighting this epidemic.

Instead of taking the needles out of addicts' arms immediately, Myrick wants to create designated "injection sites" that let people shoot up at-will, with medical professionals standing by to prevent a fatal overdose and counseling services to help them eventually kick the habit.

Supervised injection sites (SIS) have popped up around the world, in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, and Norway — many finding great success in averting fatalities from overdose.

The national death rate from opioid overdose — including drugs like heroin, oxycontin, and hydrocodone — has risen steadily over the past 15 years.

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