Vermont panel rejects safe injection sites

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Published: Oct. 16, 2018 at 5:17 PM EDT
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A Vermont panel has rejected the issue of safe injection sites in the state.

In a new report, the Opioid Coordination Council found that the risks are too high to host safe injection sites, and it cites legal obstacles and a need for more study on the sites' effectiveness.

The report goes on to say that Vermont's limited resources are better spent on proven treatment models and syringe service programs to prevent the spread of infectious diseases rather than provide a safe space for addicts to shoot up.

Eric Charbonneau, a recovering addict, says the sites are unnecessary. "When I was a junkie, I used to go to the clinic, and you go right in the bathroom, get high and put it in the bucket and leave. What do we need a safe injection site for?"

Reporter Céline McArthur: One of the arguments for them is that they'll all be in one place, they won't be scattered, so people who are using are going to be all in one place.

Eric Charbonneau: Well I don't want to go there, I'm embarrassed about using.