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Federal Way latest to consider ban on safe injection sites

Federal Way considers ban on safe injection sites. (Photo: KOMO News)

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Federal Way is the latest city in King County to consider a ban on supervised injection sites for heroin users.

Councilman Martin Moore, who introduced a resolution to oppose sites in Federal Way, said he believes the idea is just not the right approach.

"The time and the effort and the money that we're spending in King County-- let's put that to use towards other solutions that have had the right performance measurements that have come out of there."

In Bellevue and Auburn, both city councils voted "no" and now Federal Way is trying to decide what to do.

King County and the City of Seattle are still trying to identify locations for the supervised injection sites.

The Seattle location will come first, but it's not likely that will happen until next year when a new mayor takes office.

"It's excruciating. It's like your heart is exposed every day and it hurts," said Jennifer Tankiewicz, whose two adult children are battling heroin addictions.

Tankiewicz said addiction doesn't happen overnight.

"It was something that came slowly and I didn't know what it was," said Tankiewicz. "It finally got to a point where I couldn't have it in my own house anymore even though I desperately wanted to save my kids."

Tankiewicz opposes the supervised injection sites.

"It's not a solution, to me. It's putting a Band-Aid on an issue that is so much bigger," said Tankiewicz.

In 2015, there were 132 heroin-involved overdose deaths in King County and it's increasing in all areas of the county.

For Tankiewicz, it's a call she fears as her own children cope with addiction.

“I-- every day probably, prayed for probably three years for God to help me remove the veil of addiction so I could still see my child because I couldn't see them anymore and I still pray for that.”

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