San Francisco to Open Safe Drug Injection Sites

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Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont.  (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

San Francisco plans to open supervised drug injection sites this July, becoming the first city in the country to do so. Public health officials estimate 22,000 city residents use intravenous drugs and hope these sanctioned facilities will prevent overdoses and save the city upwards of $3 million in medical costs. Epidemiologist Alex Kral, a member of the Safe Injection Services Task Force, joins us in the studio to discuss the science behind this initiative.


Alex Kral, principal scientist, RTI International; a member of San Francisco's Safe Injection Services Task Force