Insite, the first supervised safe injection site in North America, supplies individual stations and sterile supplies for users to consume drugs more safely in Vancouver, B.C.’s Downtown Eastside. The facility, shown in 2016, has been pointed to as an example by advocates who want to see supervised consumption spaces in Seattle. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)
Insite, the first supervised safe injection site in North America, supplies individual stations and sterile supplies for users to consume drugs more safely in Vancouver, B.C.’s Downtown Eastside. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)
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A new push for supervised drug use spaces emerges in Seattle budget talks

Under the new plan, there would be no new, brick-and-mortar site. Instead, drug users could be supervised at existing social service and health care locations where they already seek other services.

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Red coating contaminates SpaceX rockets, delays crew launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s second astronaut flight is off until mid-November because red lacquer dripped into tiny vent holes in two rocket engines that now must be replaced. SpaceX and NASA officials announced the discovery of the potentially damaging contamination Wednesday. The clogged holes were found after the aborted launch of a GPS...