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SUDDERS: FED LAW LOOMS AS OBSTACLE TO SUPERVISED INJECTION SITES

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 11, 2018....The Baker administration's health and human services chief said Thursday she's "open to understanding more about" supervised injection sites for drug users, but that federal law would pose a challenge to launching any in Massachusetts.

"It's just completely illegal federally, so it's hard for me to sort of make the leap of how you actually do that in our state at this time," Secretary Marylou Sudders said in an interview on WGBH Radio. "But I have not -- this is my personal opinion -- I have not dismissed it as something we may need to consider, particularly if we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic."

Supervised injection sites, also known as safe injection sites, are locations where people can use drugs they have already obtained elsewhere, with health care professionals or other trained staff on hand in case of complications.


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