This week, Sarah Evans, senior program officer with the Open Society Public Health Program, published an op-ed “If Philly is serious about saving drug users’ lives, it will open a supervised injection site” in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Supervised injection sites (or facilities — SIFs) are monitored spaces where people receive medical supervision and care while using their own drugs. In the article, Evans makes the case for SIFs, stating that cities like Philadelphia need a better way to reach those who are at risk and SIFs have been shown to prevent overdoses and HIV. And they connect people to treatment and support.
In May, Evans and Scott Nolen, director of OSI’s Drug Addiction Treatment program participated in a discussion on SIFs as a public health strategy that OSI hosted with the New Day Campaign.