The country’s first safe injection sites are on their way to San Francisco

FILE – In this Nov. 8, 2017 file photo, Steph Gaspar, a volunteer outreach worker with The Hand Up Project, an addiction and homeless advocacy group, cleans up needles used for drug injection that were found at a homeless encampment in Everett, Wash. The U.S. Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention says 42,000 people died of overdoses in 2016 from opioids, a class of drug that includes powerful prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin; illegal heroin; and fentanyl, a strong synthetic drug sold both through prescriptions and on the street. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Each day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

San Francisco is looking to lower the sobering number through providing the country’s first safe injection sites, which are on track to come to two unidentified locations in the city this July.

Although the approach is backed by scientific research and similar facilities are already operating in Canada, Australia and Europe, residents are, understandably apprehensive, and in some cases, downright angry about the bold move.

Listen to the segment below to hear host Ethan Bearman dive deeper into the subject.


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