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Las Vegas to Install Special Vending Machines for Drug Addicts

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Not everyone thinks enabling addicts is helping them

The opiod epidemic facing America is seriously out of control. Doctors have been told for years that their irresponsible prescribing of powerful and highly-addictive painkillers is making people physically dependent on such substances, yet there has been little to dissuade them from dealing these drugs; one or two doctors may be arrested for contributing to the death of an addict each year. When an addict does get cut off by a doctor, they turn to drug dealers on the street looking for an easier, sometimes cheaper alternative to their pills, and they start using and abusing substances like heroin to get their fix.

Deaths attributed to opiods have skyrocketed in just the past few years; the worst aspect of the widespread addiction is that it has affected people of all races, ages, and classes. You may never even know that someone is an addict until they take that one lethal dose. And another problem coming from this huge uptick in heroin use is a rise in the number of new communicable disease cases; addicts sharing needles are infecting each other with deadly diseases like HIV and hepatitis-C.

One American city is fighting for the health of drug users by implementing a controversial public health program that will hopefully save their lives in the end.

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It can help their health, but can it stop their deadly addiction?