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Under the Needle

April 7, 2016
Author: 
Stranger Staff

"If the idea of providing hard-drug users a place to shoot up sounds radical, consider this: We're already doing it. "We have consumption spaces now," Kris Nyrop, who works with a law enforcement diversion program for drug users, said last month. "It's called the library. It's called the bathroom at McD's. It's called the bathroom at Cal Anderson Park. The issue is where do we want those consumption spaces to be?"

Now, amid a national heroin epidemic, drug-user advocates and some city council members hope to bring safe consumption sites to Seattle. The mayor of Ithaca, New York, is proposing the same idea. Whichever is successful would be the first city in the United States to offer a safe consumption site."

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