ARE SIFS A THING OF THE FUTURE IN PHILADELPHIA?

 

Maggie Coan*

Supervised injection facilities (SIFs) allow addicts to use illicit drugs in a “safe place” while being monitored closely for overdose symptoms by medical professionals. While SIFs operate in multiple countries throughout the world, currently no supervised injection facility is legally open in the United States.  However, injection facilities have found traction in cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, and New York.  Advocates of SIFs believe that operating this type of facility will prevent overdose related deaths by getting drug users “immediate help in the event of an overdose or adverse reaction.”  Advocates also claim that supervised facilities will help reduce the spread of blood borne infections, such as HIV.  On the other hand,  those that oppose the United States allowing the operation of these facilities argue that opening this type of facility would violate the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and would change the existing stigma regarding drug use to become more accepting and thus would eventually lead to an increased use of drugs in the country.

 

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