I have seen the positive affects of safe injection sites and the “harm reduction” model. We as a nation have completely and utterly failed with our war on drugs. And in the process we have traumatized communities and ruined many citizens lives, when their only crime is deciding what they want to put into their own bodies. If alcohol is legal, tobacco, OXY etc then I think everything should be. But at the very least we should have places where addicts can use their drugs in a safe environment that also offers resources for them to detox and quit. Safe injection sites save lives, and prevent the spread of HIV and Hep C. This model works in Vancouver, Germany and Switzerland. And the USA especially with its recent uptick in heroin users and overdoses should most definately adopt this approach.
The benefits of safety injection facilities are that they "provide sterile injection equipment, information about reducing the harms of drugs, health care, treatment referrals, and access to medical staff. Some offer counseling, hygienic amenities, and other services. They are also successful in reducing public disorder associated with illicit drug use, including improper syringe disposal and public drug use. SIFs have been researched and evaluated for years. The evidence is conclusive that they reduce HIV and hepatitis transmission risks, prevent overdose deaths, reduce public injections, reduce discarded syringes, and increase the number of people who enter drug treatment."