- SIFs prevent overdose deaths. - SIFs increase access to treatment for people with substance use disorders. - SIFs reduce harms associated with injection drug use, such as cellulitis, abscesses, endocarditis, HIV and hepatitis C. - SIFs enhance public safety by reducing improperly discarded needles.
Moreover, SIFs are cost effective, with the potential to generate an estimated $3.5 million in net annual savings per SIF in a United States city (3).
Massachusetts Senator William Brownsberger has introduced Bill S.1081 "An Act to authorize public health workers to pursue new measures to reduce harm and stigma for people affected by substance use disorder" (https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/SD1775). This bill is a pragmatic and evidence-based extension of many harm reduction programs currently available in our state such as needle exchange.
As medical providers, nurses, and other healthcare workers and students, we bear witness to the consequences of the failed war on drugs. We urge Governor Charlie Baker, as well as Massachusetts Senate and House Members, to pass legislation to create a supervised injection facility in Massachusetts to save lives during this opioid overdose epidemic.
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