On January 18, 2017, The New York Times published a story headlined Injecting Drugs, Under a Watchful Eye. Journalist Tina Rosenberg reported on how needle exchange programs have been successful in preventing disease and increasing use of drug treatment by users. Rosenberg used statistics to compare the success rates of needle exchange programs throughout the 1990s in New York City, and how supervised injection sites could do the same for overdose victims today. With 90 supervised injection sites around the world, several city officials in the United States are debating for similar facilities in their cities. Rosenberg continues to provide readers with information regarding the process that clients go through before and after injecting themselves, as well as the resources and equipment (e.g. naloxone, an antidote that instantly reverses overdose), that Canadian sites have used when supervising clients during an injection. The solution to reducing overdose deaths from opioids, heroin and fentanyl, is providing accessible, safe, and supervised injection sites like Insite, Vancouver’s largest and oldest clinic, to users throughout the world. Rosenberg does a good job reporting on public opinion, successes and grievances of the sites, as well as initiatives made by city officials.
Unlike the story from The New York Times, U.S. News’ article, Should Parents Call the Police on Their Opioid-Addicted Kids? focused more on overdose rates and its relation to mass incarceration, rather than possible solutions for it. Published on January 30, 2017, the article details how law enforcement treats incarcerated children, and the drug court process that follows it.