The Fight For Safer Injection Facilities in New York
Supervised injection facilities (SIFs) are controlled health care settings where people can more safely inject drugs under clinical supervision and receive health care, counseling, and referrals to health and social services, including drug treatment. SIFs have been rigorously studied and found to reduce the spread of infectious disease, overdose deaths, and improperly discarded injection equipment, and to increase public order, access to drug treatment and other services, and to save taxpayer money. SIFs are designed to reduce the health and public order issues often associated with public injection by providing a space for people to inject pre-obtained drugs in a hygienic environment with access to sterile injecting equipment and under the supervision of trained medical staff. There are at least 98 SIFs operating in 66 cities around the world in ten countries (Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Spain, Denmark, Greece, Australia and Canada)– but none in the United States. France recently approved the development of four SIFs.
Learn more about the need for supervised injection facilities in New York City by watching the documentary Everywhere But Safe: Public Injecting in New York (34 minutes)
Learn more about the impact of SIFs and the campaign to bring these services to NYC at http://www.SIFNYC.org