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Seattle Task Force: Give Homeless Addicts Safe Place to Shoot Heroin

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 11:51 AM

A task force formed to combat the growing problem of heroin use by the homeless has endorsed the creation of "safe-consumption sites."

The Seattle Times says the recommendation calls for the city to provide "a place or places" that addicts on the street can use to inject heroin or consume other illicit drugs.

The safe zones, which would be supervised, would take the place of the restrooms, alleys or homeless camps where addicts currently get high, according to the newspaper.

The task force says homeless drug users would also be able to get clean needles, anti-overdose medications and medical attention at the facilities.

In June, the United Nations reported that a heroin "epidemic" was gripping the United States and cheap supply had pushed the number of users to a 20-year high, increasing drug-related deaths.

According to the U.N.'s World Drug Report 2016, the nationwide number of heroin users was about one million in 2014, nearly three times as many as in 2003.

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