The Case for Supervised Injection Facilities in Boston


I read with interest my colleague Sarah Wakeman’s perspective article in the NEJM, “Another Senseless Death– the Case for Supervised Injection Facilities.”

Certainly, Boston needs supervised injection facilities. This should be a top priority of Mayor Marty Walsh and mayoral candidate Tito Jackson.

And yet, I wonder about the root causes of drug use and if supervised injection facilities will address these?

Factors that come to mind include poverty, economic inequality, poor quality public schools, cultural factors, and the unceasing supply of heroin. Until we also address those issues, we won’t reduce the devastating burden of illness from drug use.

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Photo source: Boston Globe

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