Message from Suzanne:
I am disappointed to hear the news today that Pierce County Council voted to implement a safe injection site ban in unicorporated areas. Per a 2017 study by Jennifer Ng, Christy Sutherland, MD CCFP DipABAM, and Michael R. Kolber, MD CCFP MSc:
“Best evidence from cohort and modeling studies suggests that [safe injection sites] SISs are associated with lower overdose mortality (88 fewer overdose deaths per 100 000 person-years [PYs]), 67% fewer ambulance calls for treating overdoses, and a decrease in HIV infections.”
If we want to address the opioid epidemic, we need to prioritize accessibility to health and social services.