US Government To Spend $5m On ‘Safe Injection’ Program Where Users Are Given Needles To Shoot Up Fentanyl

The US government plans to spend $5 million on a ‘Safe Injection’ study program conducted by New York University and Brown University. The program aims to provide users with needles for injecting fentanyl in a controlled and supervised environment.

The US government will study whether ‘safe infection sites’ for drug users can prevent overdoses, despite critics warning America is getting soft on drugs.

More than $5million will be given to New York University and Brown University to study two sites in NYC and Providence, Rhode Island.

Around 1,000 current drug users will be enrolled with the aim of studying the sites’ cost and potential savings for healthcare and criminal justice systems.

Volunteers will be given the tools they need to inject drugs like fentanyl and heroin, including clean needles, and will be supervised by medical experts. 

Safe injection sites — which offer drug paraphernalia to users no questions asked — first began cropping up across the US during Covid, but have been criticized for not offering counseling or challenging addicts.

The federal government will invest $5million over the next four years to study safe drug injection sites in New York and Rhode Island. Pictured: Homeless people in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, use drugs openly on the street 
New York City’s rollout of safe drug injection sites has been slammed. Some argue the advertising for the site promotes drug use (pictured), while residents who live near the sites complain the local area has deteriorated

One now-infamous poster advertising ‘safe’ drug use in NYC read: ”Don’t be ashamed you are using, be empowered that you are using safely.’

A record 107,000 Americans died from an overdose that year, with a majority of those deaths having been caused by fentanyl.

The Biden Administration, which this grant was given under, has been accused of surrendering to the deadly drug, refusing to implement policies that would prevent it from coming over the southern border and instead investing in programs to limit its impact.

‘There is a lot of discussion about overdose prevention centers, but ultimately, we need data to see if they are working or not, and what impact they may have on the community,’ said Dr Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is funding the new research.

Proponents of safe injection sites argue these sites allow for drug users to safely take the substance they are hooked on without fear of overdose, or contracting a disease such as HIV from using a shared needle.

The drugs are provided for free too, which could potentially reduce criminal activity some addicts will resort to in order to get enough money to afford the drugs.

There are two officially sanctioned sites in New York City – In Washington Heights and East Harlem – both of which opened in 2021. Both facilities are operated by nonprofit group OnPoint NYC.

Hunter Biden’s clash with the White House has emerged after he hired prominent lawyer Abbe Lowell in December without involving the president’s top aides.

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