Supervised injection sites for heroin addicts and junkies alike coming to a town near you.
You read that right! We are going to be offering junkies a safe space to get high. How lovely. You know what would be great? If the place is furnished with leather sofa’s and beautiful cherry wood coffee tables. We can hire people who dress fancy and carry Narcan around on a silver platter and offer them to the junkies like cheese and grapes at wedding you wish you weren’t attending because there isn’t an open bar. Who the fuck has the audacity to do such a thing? If I have to listen to love songs from the 90’s, I want to do it while I’m drunk and too fucked up to care. Alas…
From NBC Boston:
“The increasing number of opioid overdoses in Massachusetts has prompted doctors to call for state-run injection sites in an attempt to combat the use of drugs.
You know what would combat the use of drugs? Making the right choices. I don’t know maybe thinking something along the lines of, “Hey, I don’t feel like putting this needle in my blown out vein today…” kind of choice. If you need multiples tourniquets to get your veins going, it’s time to call it quits.
Over the weekend, members of the Massachusetts Medical Society voted 193-21 in favor of Supervised Injection Facilities (SIF), which essentially allow drug users to shoot up while under the supervision of medical professionals.
Great. Let’s put our medical professionals in more danger, and also let’s hold them responsible if an addict dies on their watch. What if the medical professional is tied up taking care of too many people at once? Then let’s say an addict dies because they were given a bad batch… How would that medical professional feel? Talk about placing a serious amount of pressure on individuals who already work hard enough without watching a bunch of adults like they are children not capable of watching themselves, because that’s really what this is here. It’s essentially an adult daycare for heroin users.
“You have to stay alive to get better,” said Dr. Barbara Herbert, an addiction specialist.
Over the last decade, Herbert has found that people often die before they can even seek help. Monitoring the use, in her opinion, is better than potentially losing a life.
They die before they can seek help because they don’t want to seek help. Every person should be held responsible for their choices in life. One has the ability to choose their own path in life, and if that path leads to a road of destruction, the person walking needs to take responsibility for their own steps. Without personal responsibility comes the inability for an addict to get the help they need.
“The idea that someone would show up and inject in front of me is not an appealing idea,” Herbert explained, “But the idea that they would go two blocks away and die is so much worse.”
It’s hard for me to have compassion for people who make the choice to ruin their own lives. I know some people reading this will say that I would think differently if I had a family member or friend who struggled with addiction; you’re wrong. The truth is, this is an epidemic and most people know someone who is addicted to drugs. I don’t feel bad for them at all, not one bit. Some people will say that’s lack of compassion, I would say it’s being a realist. People who die of cancer or in tragic ways don’t have the choice to change their destiny; addicts do. I feel compassion for people who are losing their lives for reasons beyond their control. I do not feel compassion for people who make a conscious choice to ruin their own lives.
According to a report from the society’s House of Delegates, the facilities have worked in other countries where they are allowed to operate. For example, in Vancouver, Canada, they have led to a 35 percent reduction in overdoses and a 30 percent increase in users seeking treatment.
However, in order to operate in Massachusetts, the legislature would need to act to make it legal.
Let’s hope for once Massachusetts gets it right. Let’s spend on things of importance. Throwing money into a pit filled with people who repeat an endless cycle of horrible life choices is not my idea of dispersing funds responsibly.
“I need to take a look at that one. I’m not familiar with it,” said Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday.
In other words, “I am too afraid to voice my opinion because if I disagree, I will be lynched by a mob of people who think addicts should be top priority in this state.” Wuss.
But the idea is not entirely new in the state.
Last year, the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program established a “safe room” for addicts to come to while they are under the influence. SPOT, or the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment, allows users to live out their high while under the supervision of medical professionals.
“We are finding that it’s an effective way to get people into treatment, but it also doesn’t go far enough,” said Dr. Jessie Gaeta, who helped create the space.
Oh sweet Lord. I can’t believe a place like this exists. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Listen, when I get drunk the last thing I want to do is be around people who tell me I shouldn’t be drinking so much. Who are they to judge my weekend adventures? Yes, that’s a double shot glass sitting next to a Mexican mudslide and a corona. Yes, I mix my liquors… Shut the fuck up and let me get white girl wasted in peace. I don’t care how my liver feels at the moment, I’m numb, drunk, and very happy. I couldn’t imagine being in a room where people were trying to convince me to sober up, I would be so angry… Liquor isn’t free ya know. Let me get my monies worth. To think an addict, who RELIES on feeling high would ever want to be in a room like that is beyond my understanding.
While lawmakers on Beacon Hill might not be sold on the idea at the moment, there is already a proposal on the table to establish a framework for such a facility in the future.”
I hope the proposal gets put into a paper shredder; twice.
If you’re interested on the T&G article discussing this ridiculous proposal, click here. I didn’t want to counter argue the article because it’s just too much snowflake for me to handle. I would start to get annoyed and say very mean things. I’m trying to learn how to be nice (I’m fucking lying obviously) but shame on T&G for publishing this article and essentially agreeing that addicts need a safe space is absolutely ridiculous. Hey T&G, where was your Happy Father’s Day write up? I guess Father’s who work hard to support their family are not as important as an addict being able to have an all inclusive, narcan included stay at an establishment where they are taken care of hand in foot.
This isn’t Weekend At Bernie’s (if you have never watched this movie, shame on you!) no medical professional wants to deal with a dead body the way Larry and Richard had to do all weekend. It’s a nuisance, and quite frankly, would probably end up being impossible to maneuver once rigor mortis sets in. Filmmakers swear we don’t use logic.
Alas, I have veered off course again… If addicts want to shoot up, they know the risks. Isn’t free narcan enough? Why do they need a place to shoot up safely? Do you think an addict cares about being safe? if they did, they wouldn’t be doing drugs. How do you advertise a place like this anyway? Would it be, “Want to get high and resurrected by a staff member if you end up overdosing? Want to press the limits, and take more drugs than you normally would because there is someone watching over your safety? Come to Addict Adventures located on Cedar Street in Fitchburg!” Can you imagine? What a beautiful clubhouse that would be.
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