Good Law | Bad Law #46 - Safe Injection Sites W/ Scott Burris

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Scott Burris, Professor at the Temple University Law School and Executive Director at the Public Health Law Research Center.

 

The Public Health Law Research Center is an organization that operates out of the Temple University Beasley School of Law where Scott teaches. Professor Burris has been a longtime advocate of Safe Injection Sites as a way of curbing injury and death associated with opioid use. Safe injection Sites or CUES have been set up in some other countries and share the philosophy of the “Needle Share” programs. The idea is, if we provide people resources and a safe place to inject their drugs we can offer them the help they need to turn their lives around.

 

The countries that have implemented these programs are seeing positive results. The Safe Injection Sites provide clean needles, privacy, alcohol wipes, and a place to recover from their usage. They are also staffed with professionals who can offer them resources as well as assist in the case of an overdose.

 

Some worry that Safe Injection Sites will bring more drug users to their neighborhood. Professor Burris says, studies have found the opposite to be true. Safe Injection Sites reduce the rate of drug use as well as drug related illnesses.

 

Join us today as Professor Scott Burris and Aaron Freiwald discuss this fascinating and provocative approach to the opioid epidemic. If you would like to contact the Public Health Research Center you can visit their website http://phlr.org/.

 

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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Scott Burris

 

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