On July 12th and 14th, the BRIDGES Coalition hosted a demonstration Overdose Prevention Site at Howard Street art gallery NomuNomu as part of its “Yes On My Block” campaign in favor of legalizing Overdose Prevention Sites across the state. OSI-Baltimore is an organizational member and financial supporter of the BRIDGES Coalition.
Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa, and State Senator Shelley Hettleman were among the speakers at a press conference at the demonstration site on the 14th. Senator Hettleman, who has previously sponsored legislation that would create a pilot of six Overdose Prevention Sites around the state, pledged to introduce the bill again during the 2023 legislative session. See coverage of the demonstration site and the press conference in the Baltimore Sun, WYPR, Baltimore Fishbowl, WBAL-TV, and WMAR.
In the video below, Harriet Smith, director of education at the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, an organizational member of the BRIDGES Coalition, leads a tour of the demo Overdose Prevention Site.