No one should die from a preventable overdose. Overdose prevention centers (OPCs) save lives. They are a much-needed response to the unprecedented numbers of Americans dying from an overdose. OPCs reduce overdose death and connect people to ongoing care. The Drug Policy Alliance is the leading voice for making OPCs available across the United States.
Overdose prevention centers (OPCs) are facilities designed to reduce the potential risks of drug use, including overdose and unwanted public use. OPCs help bring public drug use indoors. Participants bring their own drugs. Trained staff provide sterile supplies and intervene if an overdose occurs. OPCs connect people with addiction services and social supports, including voluntary treatment.
Over 35 years of research have demonstrated that OPCs reduce overdose deaths. They also reduce risk behaviors associated with HIV and hepatitis, and increase connections to health services.Source: ICER, NIH, NIH
OPCs reduce drug use in public. This includes reducing syringes discarded in public. OPCs also decrease participants’ risk of physical or sexual violence.Source: BMC, NIH, NIH
Sixty-four percent of Americans support opening OPCs. Yet, they are not widely available across the US. There are two OPCs in New York City. One is expected to open in Rhode Island in 2023.Source: Data for Progress