Opinion Piece Stumps for S.F. Supervised Injection Clinic
In a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece, Laura Thomas -- head of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance -- argues that San Francisco should create "a legal, supervised injection facility" to help curb the spread of hepatitis C in the city. She notes that 27 cities around the world have similar facilities "where people can safely use illicit drugs such as heroin with sterile equipment and medical staff on hand." She writes, "The evidence is conclusive that they reduce HIV and hepatitis transmission risks, prevent overdose deaths, reduce public injections, reduce discarded syringes and increase the number of people who enter drug treatment."
- "San Francisco Needs a Supervised Injection Clinic" (Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/15).