The Heroin Task Force formed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine has endorsed the creation of safe-consumption sites for addicts, which would be a first in the U.S.
A majority of the task-force members support a place or places for addicts to use heroin and other drugs besides public restrooms, alleys or homeless encampments such as The Jungle, said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, task force co-chair. The idea is that users could visit a supervised facility where they could get clean needles and anti-overdose medications as well as medical attention as needed and treatment opportunities.
Amsterdam tried this 3 decades ago and it was a disaster. Petty crime exploded and overdoses became epidemic. It didn’t work – given the choice between drugs and treatment, dope fiends will take the drugs every time.
My understanding of Amsterdam was not only petty crime skyrocketed, but organized crime did, as well.
My concerns are always about governmental costs (the current situation vis-a-vis the ‘program’, above), WHO pays for it, and WHO benefits? (cui bono).
As well as the ongoing ‘I’m a libertarian and have a right to put in my body whatever’ thing.
I have an addictive personality. Thank God it’s not involving drugs or alcohol. But, my personal health and families/friends have paid a price for my dysfunctional behaviors.
Obviously, locking up everyone in possession of a single rolling paper isn’t working. (The U.S. having the largest prison population per capita – mostly for drug offenses) I suspect the government plan above to fail. Colorado has legality, and reportedly crime and DUIs have dropped. Medical mj is expensive (both the card and the product), at least here in AZ.
Promoting personal character? Sure. Why not.
But, I don’t see an easy, simplistic solution…