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The U.S. Needs Safe Injection Sites and Prescription Heroin Because Dead People Can't Recover From Drug Addiction

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A discarded syringe next to Saint Mary's Cemetery on Quintard St. in Staten Island, NY. Supervised injection facilities have been proven to reduce such public blight, yet NYC's conservative bastion, which also has the city's highest overdose death rate, rNo matter how uncomfortable state-sanctioned safe injection sites or prescribed heroin might make us, it doesn’t change the fact that dead people cannot recover from drug addiction. This raises a question of our societal values. Are we a society that values the concept of abstinence more than the sanctity of human life? If so, we forgo the right to call ourselves an advanced nation and a humane society.

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