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Heroin, cocaine users in Seattle may get country’s first safe-use site

April 5, 2016
Daniel Beekman

"Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine on March 1 convened a heroin-addiction task force, charging it with finding ways to expand treatment.

The task force may consider recommending one or more safe-consumption sites for Seattle. To buoy that possibility, VOCAL-WA, a grassroots group helping people affected by drug laws and homelessness, organized public panels last month at the University of Washington, Seattle University and the Capitol Hill Community Council. Evans, from Vancouver, took part in all three talks.

Dozens of peer-reviewed studies show the Vancouver, B.C., site has saved lives, reduced disease transmission and promoted entry into addiction treatment."

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