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Missouri bill would give heroin addicts a safe place to use

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 8:47 AM EDTUpdated: Apr 19, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

This file photo shows discarded syringes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
This file photo shows discarded syringes.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) –A new Missouri bill aims to fight the opioid epidemic by giving drug users a “safe space.”

Lawmakers are debating the incoming bill, titled, House Bill 2367.

The bill hopes to combat the growing opioid issues by providing a location for drug use supervised by health care officials, sterile injections supplies, secure needle and syringe disposal services, answer questions about safe injection practices and administer first aid if needed.

The facility would allow heroin users and other drug users to use their drugs without being prosecuted.

It would also serve as a way for users to receive any kind of treatment at the same time. Those treatments include testing for diseases like HIV, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted infections.

The program would also have reproductive health education and services available on site.

If passed, the program will keep track of its impact on the crime rate in the neighborhood and will keep close tabs on its patients.

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