Andrew Gaddis with Narcan nasal spray, which reverses the fatal effects of an opioid overdose.

A year ago, Andrew Gaddis, a third-year student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, embarked on a Fulbright research grant to learn more about supervised injection sites and other alternative strategies used to fight opioid abuse that aren’t currently supported here in the United States. Gaddis is the first student from the medical school to receive a Fulbright grant.

His research took him to Vancouver, British Columbia, a diverse and rapidly growing city known for its progressive culture, an unsurprising home for North America’s first supervised injection facility. Called “InSite,” the center aims to reduce the harms associated with injection drug use by allowing its clients to inject on site, providing clean syringes, giving referrals to treatment, and administering…

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