The Massachusetts Senate wants to address the opioid crisis in Massachusetts by potentially establishing “safe injection sites.”
Safe injection sites are places where intravenous drug users can take their illegal drugs under medical supervision.
A study of safe injection sites was introduced by Senate lawmakers as an addition to a bill dealing with the opioid crisis introduced by Governor Charlie Baker back in November. House lawmakers already added their own revisions to the bill, which passed in their chamber. Those House revisions included making addiction treatment more accessible, and helping those who are a danger to themselves.
The Senate will vote on the bill as revised Thursday.
Baker himself, meanwhile, has expressed skepticism about the idea of safe injection sites.
The 21st Century opioid crisis is the deadliest drug epidemic in American history, resulting in the deaths of more than 60,000 people in 2016.