Federal officials warned Colorado residents that establishing a supervised drug-use site in Denver could have legal consequences.
U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado and the Drug Enforcement Administration's Denver field office, warned that anyone involved in operating such a facility, will face potential criminal and civil penalties up to $250,000 and imprisonment up to 20 years in jail.
The statement said that there was no evidence of these sites being effective in reducing drug-related deaths. It compared the potential locations to “so-called crack houses” that would increase public safety risks by attracting drug dealers, sexual predators and other criminals, consequently destroying the surrounding community.
The statement said that more importantly, the government-sanctioned operation of these facilities serves only to normalize serious drug usage- educating adults and children that so-called ‘safe’ drug usage is appropriate or can be done ‘safely’. It said that the type of drug used contemplated here is always life-threatening behavior.
This statement came in response to a measure the Denver City Council and Mayor Michael Hancock approved that they would allow the city to host a supervised drug use site to prevent overdose deaths.
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