In a vote this afternoon, the San Francisco Well being Fee is anticipated to approve a measure authorizing the Division of Public Well being to maneuver ahead with making their metropolis the primary within the U.S. to implement supervised consumption companies.
Supervised consumption companies (SCS) are legally-sanctioned amenities confirmed to cut back the well being and public order points typically related to public injection. These amenities present an area for folks to eat pre-obtained medicine in managed settings, underneath the supervision of skilled employees, and with entry to sterile injecting gear. Individuals also can obtain well being care, counseling, and referrals to well being and social companies, together with drug remedy.
Quite a few peer-reviewed research have constantly proven that supervised consumption companies are efficient at lowering overdose deaths, stopping transmission of HIV and viral hepatitis, lowering street-based drug use and syringe disposal, and linking individuals who use medicine to remedy and different companies.
There are roughly 120 websites offering SCS presently working in over 65 cities around the globe in twelve nations – however none within the U.S. Previously two years alone, Canada has grown from two approved websites to 30.
Help is rising quickly throughout the nation for these companies within the face of dramatic will increase in drug overdose deaths. Quite a few different cities, together with Philadelphia and Seattle, are within the means of opening websites. The Drug Coverage Alliance, the San Francisco Drug Customers Union, and different teams have been working to coach neighborhood members and elected officers about the advantages of SCS for over ten years. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed created a city-wide process drive final 12 months to guage the necessity and the proof. The duty drive unanimously beneficial that the town transfer ahead to implement supervised injection companies.
“Make little question about it: this can save quite a lot of lives,” stated Laura Thomas, California State Director for the Drug Coverage Alliance. “It’s taken years to get right here, however San Francisco is poised to do the proper factor for all of us, together with individuals who use medicine, and assist preserve our neighborhoods safer and more healthy. I’m proud that San Francisco has the braveness to comply with the science and the proof and implement supervised consumption companies.”
“Supervised injection companies are a win-win for San Francisco,” stated Holly Bradford, Director of the San Francisco Drug Customers Union. “It’s a win for the general public well being and a win for the general public security of our metropolis. Lives will likely be saved right here simply as they’re in comparable amenities around the globe. As soon as once more San Francisco demonstrates its potential to steer the nation in one other scientifically-based transfer to deal with drug customers with dignity, compassion and respect.”
The American Medical Affiliation, California Society of Dependancy Medication, California Affiliation of Drug and Alcohol Program Executives, AIDS United, and amfAR, amongst others, have known as for the piloting and analysis of SCS as a part of a continuum of care to forestall deadly drug overdoses, forestall transmission of HIV & hepatitis C, and to supply a low-threshold entry level for drug remedy, medical care, social companies and psychological healthcare.
Even President Trump’s Surgeon Basic has stated SCS needs to be piloted and evaluated in america, pursuant to native management.
In a current ballot of registered voters in San Francisco, 67% stated they again the thought — 45 p.c strongly and 22 p.c considerably. The ballot discovered help for the websites no matter age or homeownership. That is according to polling DPA commissioned in 2016 which discovered 72% help — 34% strongly and 38% considerably.
“These websites have been confirmed to assist scale back public drug use and improperly disposed syringes in 11 different nations; now we are able to consider whether or not it can have the identical impact in San Francisco,” stated Alex Kral, PhD, Director of the City Well being Program at RTI Worldwide.
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Correction: An earlier model of this press launch incorrectly acknowledged that New York Metropolis is within the means of opening a supervised consumption website. As a substitute, New York Metropolis is presently within the means of conducting a SCS feasibility examine that has but to be launched.