Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection facility, provides people with clean injection supplies. (Elana Gordon/WHYY)

If ‘crackhouse statute’ does not apply to injection sites, black community should sue

When U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh ruled that a proposal to open a safe injection site for people to use heroin under medical supervision does not violate federal law, I was flabbergasted. Then I was angry. Then I was resolute.

I took to the radio airwaves to make a simple claim: If it is legal to operate a drug facility when overdose victims are mostly white, black and brown people who had their property confiscated for running so-called drug houses during the crack era must be made whole.

Click here to read the entire column on WHYY.

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