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Junkies Get a Break in France

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Life may soon get a little easier for French intravenous drug users, AFP reports:

France's Socialist government plans to test launch a series of "shooting galleries" by the end of the year where addicts can inject illegal drugs under medical supervision, the health minister said.

Why? Because providing junkies with a clean, safe place to get high cuts down on overdoses and HIV transmission. Sounds a little crazy at first blush. But in fact, such "safe injection sites" are already operating in half a dozen countries, including Canada, as we reported in this feature on Vancouver's experiment with helping needle drug users.