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Activists Call For Supervised Injection Sites For Drug Users

BOSTON (AP) — Activists are hoping to persuade Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and state lawmakers to allow drug users to shoot up at supervised injection sites in Massachusetts.

A rally Monday at the Statehouse is expected to include parents who have lost children to the opioid overdose epidemic.

A legislative commission in February recommended that lawmakers approve the creation of one or more supervised injection sites where individuals could inject drugs obtained elsewhere. Health care professionals would be on hand to prevent fatal overdoses.

Baker has brushed aside the idea, saying the proposal is illegal under federal law.

Protest organizers say Baker has to abandon what they describe as his "ideological opposition" to the sites and pursue legislation.

The U.S. currently has no publicly sanctioned safe injection facilities.

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