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How Seattle's program to reduce drug addiction could help Salt Lake

How Seattle's program to reduce drug addiction could help Salt Lake

(Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

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SEATTLE — Huddled behind a line of cars in a parking garage in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, Turina James and a friend hurriedly unpacked spoons, foil, a needle and a precious parcel of white powder. Sometimes they smoked the heroin and sometimes they injected it. That day in 2014, they decided to do both.

Outside, it was summer in Washington, the singular time of year when Seattle residents enjoy sunny weather and relief from relentless gray skies. But nothing could compare to the warmth that heroin brought. With each hit, James sunk further into the familiar feeling. She didn’t use enough to get her high, just to get well. All the 45-year-old single mother needed was enough to get through another night of homelessness.

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