Overdose deaths in the United States have risen rapidly during the pandemic. It’s a trend largely driven by the proliferation of fentanyl.
In California, the push to save lives and stop the aftermath has prompted some activists and politicians to propose safe injection sites — places where people can inject drugs with clean needles without fear of arrest. There is already such a site in San Francisco.
But in Vancouver, Canada, there is one neighborhood that has been home to a safe injection site for almost 20 years. In today’s episode we visit them.
Read the full transcript here.
Host: Gustave Arellano
Guest: Anita Chabria, LA Times columnist
Column: Vancouver’s safe drug consumption sites are frightening to behold. California should open them anyway
To stop overdose deaths, California could allow drug use in monitored locations
With overdose deaths on the rise, here’s how to test medication for fentanyl
https://www.latimes.com/podcasts/story/2022-05-27/the-times-podcast-vancouver-safe-injection Podcast: A visit to Vancouver’s safe injection site