Establish a Comprehensive User Engagement Site in Philadelphia

Establish a Comprehensive User Engagement Site in Philadelphia

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Monica Rush started this petition to City Council

Overdose Prevention Sites, also known as Safe Injection Sites, were proposed and supported by city officials in January, 2018. Safehouse is the nonprofit spearheading this initiative, and will be responsible for funding and operating the site once established.

 

Overdose Prevention Sites are a progressive approach to the opioid epidemic. They provide a safe and sterile space for people to bring and use illicit drugs with medical supervision and without the fear of an overdose. Drug testing for dangerous additives like fentanyl is available, and in the case of an overdose reversal medications are provided. More importantly, these sites serve as an access point to engage users in comprehensive treatment options including medical care for skin lesions, provision of clean needles, and referrals to mental health and housing services.

 

More than 100 sites exist internationally and provide evidence for overwhelming success. One such site in Vancouver Canada has supervised millions of injections and reversed thousands of overdoses without a single death recorded, and research shows a reduction in the rate of drug use in the immediate area. Illegally operated sites in the US including one site in Philadelphia have shown similar success (Kral and Davidson, 2017).

 

1,217 people died of an overdose in Philadelphia in 2017. The crisis drives a massive homeless population to unprecedented levels. Officials have called for a “navigation center” as part of the solution, and an Overdose Prevention Site can provide that service and so many more.

 

City Council needs to draft a resolution joining the state attorney general and Mayor Jim Kenney's office in supporting Overdose Prevention sites. Sign this petition and urge City Council to take a progressive approach to the opioid epidemic.

 

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