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Supervised injection facilities reduce the number of overdose deaths, reduce transmission rates of infectious disease, and increase the number of individuals initiating treatment for substance use disorders without increasing drug trafficking or crime in the areas where the facilities are located.”
— American Medical Association
We urge the City of Seattle to take all necessary steps to authorize and establish supervised drug consumption facilities, in partnership with appropriate community based organizations. Such sites represent an essential public health intervention. Studies in Vancouver and around the world have demonstrated their success in reducing transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis transmission, and other blood borne diseases. They provide an imperative resource to stop deaths from drug related overdose. Ultimately, they serve as spaces in which drug users can find the treatment they need to take next steps towards full recovery. As such, they promote public safety.”
— Seattle Human Rights Commission
Injection drug use frequently occurs in public spaces, such as parks, recreational areas or streets, and public or commercial bathrooms - posing significant risks to the individuals themselves and at times also to the community. The Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) encourages policy makers to move forward with pilot projects of supervised drug consumption sites (i.e. safe injection facilities) as one part of a broader movement to improve care for people who use drugs and comprehensively address substance use disorders.”
— The Washington Academy of Family Physicians
It is fair to view Seattle’s utopian chemistry-set tinkering with policy with skepticism. But this idea is a good one, because it will save lives.

The ideas for that facility and the discussions now under way in King County are simple. Treat drug addiction like a public health problem, not a criminal justice one. Keep people with addiction alive long enough to get treatment. And mitigate the civic consequences, such as piles of used needles in the alley.

Research on these sites — there are nearly 100 around the world — overwhelmingly shows a drop in overdoses and in infections of HIV and Hepatitis C caused by dirty needles. A Canadian cost-benefit analysis showed a 5-to-1 return.”
— Seattle Times | Editorial Board
The sheriff supports testing whether CHELs can be an effective way to improving public safety and public health address the life threatening harm that comes with opioid consumption. We support a pilot of three years and if there are positive outcomes the continuation of the sites.”
— King County Sheriff's Office
I think we can keep people from dying, we can keep people from catching hepatitis C or even AIDS by these safe injection sites, and we have a better chance of getting them into treatment if they are there in one place.”
— John Urquhart | King County Sheriff
I am convinced that the physical site and, more importantly, the personal connections made between users, street outreach workers and medical professionals that can lead to recovery services are a critical element to this new strategy of harm reduction and community health.”
— Dan Satterberg | King County Prosecuting Attorney
For us as a council, to represent all of our neighbors,
we want to advocate for things that increase everybody’s quality of life. And when we’re talking about neighbors, we’re not just talking about homeowners or renters, we’re talking about people experiencing homelessness or addiction. I don’t think people are or would be dramatically opposed to this.”
— Zachary Pullin | President of the Capitol Hill Community Council