Boston Nonprofit Plans Safe Space for Heroin Highs
A stretch of Massachusetts Avenue called the, "Methadone Mile," is the epicenter of the opioid epidemic in Boston. WBUR's CommonHealth reports a nonprofit there is planning to try something new to prevent overdose deaths.
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program is setting up a space where heroin users can ride out a high under medical supervision, instead of on a street corner or in a bathroom by themselves. Healthcare providers in BHCHP's "safe room" will be able to respond immediately if someone overdoses.
Reactions to the plan for a safe room in Boston show the divide in approaches to addiction treatment between reducing the harm of drug use or requiring abstinence.