Editors, news directors,
Calling your attention to this Only on AP story, which includes reporting from three continents, looking at a potential new frontier in the U.S. battle against heroin and painkiller addiction: supervised drug-injection sites. A 1,500-word story, photos and a 700-word abridged version have been sent in advance for print use on Sunday, May 9, and thereafter, and for online use the afternoon of Sunday, May 8. A broadcast-only version will be sent at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday.
Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints — because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. The crisis has pushed elected leaders in New York, California, Maryland and elsewhere to consider the once-unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where drug users can shoot up under medical supervision. While such sites have operated for years in places such as Canada, the Netherlands and Australia, they face a long list of legal and political challenges in the U.S., including the criticism that they are tantamount to waving a white flag at an epidemic that should be fought with prevention and treatment. By David Klepper. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,500 words for print release Monday, May 9, as well as a 700-word abridged version. Will be retransmitted for online use on Sunday, May 8, with AP Photos NY391-397.
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