Title

Safe Injection Sites, Overdoses, and Disease

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

Safe injection sites (SIS) is a controversial topic. The opioid epidemic and overdose death rates keep rising in Seattle, even with solutions, such as safe injection sites and access to treatment services. Further exacerbating the epidemic and sensitive nature of SIS’s, many legislative bodies are placing SISs on hold. Also, many people oppose the opening and operation of safe injection sites in the United States and, more importantly, in Seattle. Furthermore, citizens in Seattle likely know a person who has an opioid use disorder. However, how can the rate of deaths and the spread of infectious diseases be decreased if officials will not accept SISs as a possible solution to the crisis? Major cities in the United States, such as Philadelphia and Seattle, are trying to gain support to open SISs. The prospect of the connection could be higher, where SIS is needed to reduce the rate of people with opioid use disorders. More resources are needed to provide treatment and help for people experiencing addiction, which gives rise to this timely policy analysis. The purpose of this policy analysis aims to assess how safe injection sites would affect drug overdoses, enrollment in detox treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Christine Henderson and Kurt Ikemeier

Department/Program

Law & Justice

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/safe-injection-sites-overdoses-and-disease/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Safe Injection Sites, Overdoses, and Disease

Ellensburg

Safe injection sites (SIS) is a controversial topic. The opioid epidemic and overdose death rates keep rising in Seattle, even with solutions, such as safe injection sites and access to treatment services. Further exacerbating the epidemic and sensitive nature of SIS’s, many legislative bodies are placing SISs on hold. Also, many people oppose the opening and operation of safe injection sites in the United States and, more importantly, in Seattle. Furthermore, citizens in Seattle likely know a person who has an opioid use disorder. However, how can the rate of deaths and the spread of infectious diseases be decreased if officials will not accept SISs as a possible solution to the crisis? Major cities in the United States, such as Philadelphia and Seattle, are trying to gain support to open SISs. The prospect of the connection could be higher, where SIS is needed to reduce the rate of people with opioid use disorders. More resources are needed to provide treatment and help for people experiencing addiction, which gives rise to this timely policy analysis. The purpose of this policy analysis aims to assess how safe injection sites would affect drug overdoses, enrollment in detox treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/COTS/67