"Safe Space" For Heroin Addicts Sparks Hope, Controversy
"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."