Seattle approves safe sites for addicts to inject drugs

Officials in Seattle on Friday approved the nation's first "safe-injection" sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs, calling the move a drastic but necessary response to an epidemic of addiction that is claiming tens of thousands of lives each year.

The sites – which offer addicts clean needles, medical supervision and quick access to drugs that reverse the effects of an overdose – have long been popular in Europe. Now, with the U.S. death toll rising, the idea is gaining...

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