Our View: An idea that bears watching

Although U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has threatened to prosecute any site that opens in Massachusetts, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone has said he plans to open a site in his site in 2020, no matter the legal repercussions. Supervised drug consumption sites – or “harm reduction sites,” as Massachusetts state Sen. Cindy Friedman termed them in a State House News Service story – could be a concept that offers hope to people addicted to opioids who want to stay alive, can’t easily break the addiction, but are willing to move into a treatment program to break the cycle. Careful evaluation of the Safehouse operation and a full debate must take place before opening that door in Massachusetts.

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