Denver Council President backs safe injection sites for drug users

Posted at 10:31 PM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 01:10:26-04

DENVER -- Denver City Council President Albus Brooks threw his support behind the idea of a safe place for drug users to shoot up on Tuesday night.

The endorsement came during a public meeting put on by Denver's Harm Reduction Action Center, the group that is pushing the idea of supervised injection sites.

Brooks said he planned on introducing legislation in front of the city council "this fall."

"It was huge," Lisa Raville of the HRAC said about the endorsement after the meeting.

Thousands of people use drugs in Denver. Treatment options are in very high demand and can be expensive. So, the HRAC wants a supervised, safe space for users to use. This would be in an unmarked building where clean instruments would be provided and used ones would be collected.

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Supporters say this would stop the spread of disease and prevent overdoses. Some opponents say it would promote drug use.

As for the Council President's statement, it would likely be a form of ordinance to set aside possession and use laws. It would also need some help from the state. That's something the HRAC says they are working on.