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Researchers at Johns Hopkins are recommending that Baltimore open two facilities that provide addicts a safe place to use drugs.

The report suggests putting a facility on the eastside and west side of Baltimore. They say such facilities would curve the heroin epidemic and prevent overdose deaths.This idea of safe-drug use spaces is just starting to get attention in the United States where the use of opioid shows little signs of easing.

In Baltimore alone, some 19,000 people injected drugs and 481 overdose deaths in the first nine months of 2016 according to this report.

“It is a public health emergency and we need every single evidence-based tool that is at our disposal,” says Susan Sherman, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School .

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