This week, the Justice Department threatened states that are moving forward with supervised consumption services despite their proven record of reducing overdose deaths and saving lives.
Supervised consumption spaces (SCS) are safe spaces for people to inject drugs under the supervision of staff trained to treat and prevent drug overdose and link people to drug treatment, housing and other services. The science has proven that these services are effective at reducing HIV and hepatitis C, overdose deaths, and increasing uptake to medical and social services, including drug treatment.
With eight states now on the verge of implementing this life-saving strategy, the Justice Department’s threat is a reaction to all the incredible progress we’ve made.
We’ve been building support in the U.S. Senate to protect states from these federal threats. Help us fight back: tell your U.S. Senators to protect states considering supervised consumption spaces from federal interference.