2019, Rhetoric + Argumentation

Safe Injection Sites: Promoting Positive Consequences

HELEN WICKSTROM

The opioid crisis facing the United States demands new treatment options to be available to those fighting addiction. Safe injection sites should be introduced in the United States, as they provide the greatest benefit to both individuals and surrounding communities. For the individual, the many risks posed by injecting in an unsafe location are averted: specifically, death and the contraction of HIV. Additionally, safe injection sites could help to funnel those struggling with an addiction into medication-assisted treatment programs and provide them with access to other healthcare. The surrounding community, then, would also benefit in terms of safety and health—decreased drug-related crime and litter associated with public injections would result. Overall, utilitarian theory can rightly justify the institution of safe injection sites in the US, as it would produce the greatest positive consequences for the population.

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