Supervised Injection Sites Are Coming to the United States. Here’s What You Should Know

University of Southern California (2019)

The health risks of IV drug use are extreme — 130 people die from an overdose every day in the United States. External link The lifetime risk of dying from an opioid overdose is greater than that of a car collision: External link 1 in 96 versus 1 in 103.
The U.S. government has struggled to control the most recent waves of the opioid epidemic that have killed more than 400,000 people since 2010 (PDF, 198 KB). External link Other countries have decided to give people misusing intravenous drugs ownership over at least one aspect of their addiction: location.
People use opioids “wherever they can,” said Kathleen Woodruff External link DNP, ANP-BC, clinical assistant professor at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing. “The street, abandoned buildings ... they will find a place to use.”

Supervised Injection Sites Are Coming to the United States. Here’s What You Should Know

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