Hopkins Researchers Suggest Baltimore Offer Addicts Safe Places to Do Drugs

Rearchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recommend that Baltimore turn to an unorthodox way of dealing with its heroin epidemic by opening two facilities that provide people a safe place to do drugs.

In a report published and commissioned by the nonprofit Abell Foundation, the researchers suggest opening one facility each on the city’s east and west sides. They say such facilities would prevent overdose deaths and other harms that addicts face.


While the idea of so-called “safe-drug consumption spaces” is just starting to gain traction in the United States, the researchers said such facilities have helped stop deaths in other countries. There are 97 safe spaces in 66 cities and 11 countries, according to the report.



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