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What are these things called overdose prevention centers, or supervised consumption sites, or drug consumption rooms? What do they provide? Can they really help save lives?
July 2021 Update: Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to authorize a two-year pilot program to establish "harm reduction centers" where people can consume pre-obtained substances under the supervision of trained staff.
December 2021 Update: In December 2021, New York City opened the nation's first-ever Overdose Prevention Center pilots. This lifesaving win comes after years of hard-fought advocacy led by the Drug Policy Alliance and our allies.
You may have heard about methadone and buprenorphine, but what exactly are they and what do they do? Is medication assisted treatment really helpful for those with opioid dependency? Why can it be hard to access treatment?
There's a new drug education curriculum on the block, called Safety First...but how does it compare to D.A.R.E. and other abstinence-based programs? Why does it talk about harm reduction? And how can it help kids stay healthy?
You may have heard about drug checking...but how does it work, and why does it matter? Can it really detect additives like fentanyl, and prevent overdose deaths? Why is it often hard to access drug checking equipment?
All drug decriminalization: what exactly does it mean? What would it change about how drug offenses are handled? How could it affect drug use, overdose, and treatment rates?
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