the Commune of Massachusetts, the state (that is, we) has a policy that saves heroin users’ lives:
Massachusetts public health officials say a program to distribute medicine for heroin addicts to take in case of an overdose has helped prevent more than 1,000 overdose deaths in four years.
Officials say more than 10,000 people have enrolled in the pilot program which trains them in the use of the nasal spray known as Narcan.
There have been more than 1,000 reports of Narcan being used to save lives by reversing overdoses since 2007.
Narcan is designed to block the effects of opioids, such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Fentanyl, codeine and methadone.
The program makes the drug available to opiate users as well as their family and friends.
One of the problems needle exchange programs face is a massive dose of hysteria blended with ignorance. As a result, they are incorrectly viewed as encouraging people to use drugs, as opposed to preventing the spread of disease (i.e., preventing an addict from getting AIDS–which is an even greater problem for the rest of us). Those nitwits would probably say something similar here.
Even though it would result in ~1,000 dead people.
‘Tough love’ for the dead is still necrophilia….
Related: Massachusetts seems to be very progressive in this area (along with Chicago)