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Are Safe Injection Sites Key To Curtailing Vermont's Opioid Crisis?

 Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George is arguing for the creation of supervised safe injection facilities, saying the effort would save lives.
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Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George is arguing for the creation of supervised safe injection facilities, saying the effort would save lives.

It may sound counterintuitive, but a Committee headed by Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George recently came to the conclusion that a safe injection facility for drug users in Chittenden County would be an effective tool in addressing Vermont's opioid crisis.

No sanctioned site of this kind exists in the U.S., but they do in 66 cities in nine countries, including Canada.

We hear from Sarah George on why she believes the data supports opening one of these facilities in Burlington. And from Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo who has reservations about the idea.

Broadcast Tuesday, Jan. 16 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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