Pete Buttigieg Backs Supervised Injection Facilities For Illegal Drugs

Pete Buttigieg Backs Supervised Injection Facilities For Illegal Drugs

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg says that states should be allowed to implement safe injection facilities where people can consume illegal drugs in an effort to mitigate overdose deaths. While the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate has previously voiced support for harm reduction policies such as needle exchange programs and decriminalizing possession of drugs, this appears to be the first time he’s publicly taken a position on safe consumption sites, where individuals can use illicit substances under medical supervision and receive help getting into treatment. Speaking at a town hall event in Iowa on Friday, Buttigieg was asked about his plans to combat the opioid crisis. The mayor said that while harm reduction policies may be “divisive” in the U.S., “it’s a good example where leadership is going to get us in the right direction—specifically my presidential leadership will seek to get us in the right direction.” He said restrictions on medication-assisted therapy such as caps on how much methadone a physician can prescribe should be lifted, needle exchange programs should be expanded and states should be able to experiment with supervised injection facilities. “Many states are looking into supervised injection,” he said. “I don’t think we should stop states…

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