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State panel recommends creation of supervised injection sites

Gov. Baker has said he would be opposed to the creation of supervised injection sites.

BOSTON (AP) — A legislative commission is recommending state lawmakers approve the creation of one or more supervised injection sites for drug users in Massachusetts.

Commission members said the state should allow the sites on a test basis to see if they can reduce the harm associated with injecting illegal drugs, including the risk of overdosing.

Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, who headed the commission, said the report will be delivered to the Legislature by the end of the week.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has said he would be opposed to the creation of supervised injection sites.

At the sites, individuals with substance use disorders could inject drugs obtained elsewhere. Health care professionals would be on hand to prevent fatal overdoses.

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The U.S. doesn’t have any publicly sanctioned supervised injection facilities.