The Guardian: ‘It’s saved many lives’: First US Overdose Prevention Centers Give Safe Spaces to People in Crisis

Since the opening of OnPoint’s two overdose prevention centers for those who struggle with substance abuse, at least 85 overdoses have been reversed without medical attention.

Ron, whose last name has been withheld for privacy, has used heroin for years, but the New York opening of the nation’s first two sanctioned overdose prevention centers (OPCs) on 30 November has significantly increased his chances of survival.

The center provides those who use substances with a safe and clean space to do so, and with help available in case of an overdose, which has already helped avert many deaths.

“This place is a blessing – and if there were more, it would save so many lives,” Ron said.

Read more at The Guardian

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