DENVER – The Denver City Council voted 12-1 to approve a plan that would allow for a safe injection site to be built in the Mile High City.
However, steps still need to be taken in order to actually open one in Denver. The state legislature will need to pass a law to allow public money to fund sites in Colorado.
Safe injection sites are supposed to allow drug users a supervised location to use hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. It would also keep drug users from using in public places and advocates of the idea say the sites also decrease disease and save lives from drug overdoses.
Opponents of the idea argue that it enables drug users to continue their addiction and even encourages drug use.
If it receives final approval, Denver would be among several U.S. cities to have the sites.