Rhode Island Becomes First State In The Nation To Authorize Supervised Drug-Injection Centers

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, on Wednesday, signed into law a bill that will establish a safe consumption site pilot program wherein people can test as well as use illicit drugs in a medically supervised environment, making Rhode Island the first state in the nation to establish such a program, which supporters say will save lives.
The legislation was approved by the House of Representatives in late June after many starts and stops.

The topic of consumption sites, which sparks strong feelings, seemed to remain on the minds of not just legislators but friends and family members of the hundreds who have died from opioid overdoses in Rhode …

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