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The Boston Globe

Warren Magee, 46, is one of the new residents of Francis Grady Apartments, a 30-unit development for the formerly homeless that recently opened in Jamaica Plain. An adjacent development, the 20-bed Stacy Kirkpatrick House, will provide short-term health care for homeless patients, helping to address a chronic need.

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ABC News

A Boston homeless center has started a new program allowing people who use opioids to be in a safe space where they can be supervised after taking the drugs. The program joins a growing number of places which aim to use "harm reduction" strategies -- leading people toward treatment and reducing the risk of overdose -- in the difficult fight against a rapidly growing opioid epidemic.

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CBS News

"It's really not uncommon to come into work or leave work and see somebody outside in the midst of an overdose," observes Dr. Jessie Gaeta.

That's why Gaeta never goes anywhere without a life-saving kit of Narcan, a treatment which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in progress. At her office at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), she sees the dramatic toll the heroin epidemic is taking on the community around her. The program is at the intersection of Albany Street and Massachusetts Avenue, which has earned the dark nickname "Methadone Mile."

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The Boston Globe

It has become a grim workplace routine: the “code blue” crackling over the loudspeaker. The all-hands-on-deck emergency response. Then, in more than half the calls, the discovery of a nonresponsive person — blue lips, shallow breathing, and constricted pupils, all telltale signs of a drug overdose.

“It’s happening everywhere,” said Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, headquartered in the South End neighborhood infamously nicknamed Methadone Mile.

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CBS News

Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless provides medical treatment to an estimated 12,000 homeless people each year. Providers have now turned a conference room in their Albany Street building into a critical care unit for individuals who have shot heroin.

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The Boston Globe

The $10 million-plus complex, funded by a mix of city and state affordable housing funds, is a joint project of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and the nonprofit Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.

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The Boston Globe

Almost a quarter of the patients we care for at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program are living with hepatitis C, a disease that contributes greatly to health care utilization and cost. We’ve worked hard to increase access to the lifesaving treatments the Globe reported on this month, and our early outcomes have been overwhelmingly successful.

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The Boston Globe

To those who live on the streets, Stacy Kirkpatrick was more than just a nurse practitioner at Boston Health Care for the Homeless — more than a caregiver who brought her healing presence to shelters. “She was my family,” said Larry Adams, who was her patient for many years.

“I was homeless and I was an addict. I was all messed up. I’m the kind of person, I don’t trust nobody,” said Adams, who helped found and chaired the health care agency’s Consumer Advisory Board. He put his faith in Ms. Kirkpatrick, however. “Her word was gospel. Whatever she said, I did. As a matter of fact, the reason I’m here is she saved my life.”

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WGBH

Dr. Jessie Gaeta is the Chief Medical Officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Gaeta is opening up a clinic where heroin users and other people struggling with addiction can ride out their high in a safe place.

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The New York Times

In Boston, where pedestrians step over drug users who are nodding off on a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue known as Methadone Mile, an organization for the homeless has planned what it calls a safe space, where users could ride out their high under supervision; it would not allow actual injection on site.

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