It’s a problem known all too well here in the Ohio Valley. The opioid epidemic is claiming thousands of lives each year.
President Obama pointed out this week that more people are dying from opioid overdoses than from traffic accidents.
A doctor in Boston is spear-heading a new and controversial approach to keeping addicts alive.
Doctor Jessie Gaeta’s team will start inviting addicts to come in from the streets and ride-out their highs under medical supervision in a so-called ‘Safe Space.’
Critics say offering a space to addicts will encourage drug use but Gaeta says they’re already using.
“If things are in a bad way, and you’re going to overdose, at least we have everything at our fingertips to reverse that,” said Jessie Gaeta, Chief Medical officer at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless.
Ithaca New York is taking the idea a step further. The mayor has proposed an injection site, where addicts can shoot drugs in a supervised space.
That’s still illegal in the U-S.