“Studies from other countries have shown that [overdose prevention services] reduce the number of overdose deaths, reduce transmission rates of infectious disease, and increase the number of individuals initiating treatment for substance use disorders without increasing drug trafficking or crime in the areas where the facilities are located.”[1]

—American Medical Association

“By providing treatment and other services, the supervised sites can lessen the risk that the next injection leads to another funeral and another shattered family.”[2]

Editorial Board, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“More than 70,000 people in the United States died from drug-related overdoses in 2019. The nearly fourfold increase since 1999, fueled by the opioid epidemic, underscores the need for new strategies rather than the failed punitive approach that has criminalized generations of Americans without dealing with their underlying problems. Other countries have shown promising results by setting up overdose prevention sites where people can use illegal drugs under the supervision of trained staff …“ [3]

Editorial Board, The Washington Post

  1. American Medical Association, AMA Wants New Approaches to Combat Synthetic and Injectable Drugs (Jun. 12, 2017)
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  2. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial Board,, “Philadelphia safe injection sites: The right move to save lives now” (Jan. 23, 2018)
  3. The Washington Post, Editorial Board,, "Injection sites could save lives and reduce drug use" (Sep. 23, 2021)