As a city and a community, Portland has the capacity to provide better care for folks who use drugs. We already have the resources and knowledge to better address the opioid epidemic in the city, but the barrier of stigma is standing in our way. Overdose deaths, injection site infections, HIV and Hepatitis C, and other health problems folks who use drugs experience are completely preventable. By bringing together medical professionals and folks who use drugs into the same location, an overdose prevention site would effectively provide folks who use drugs in our community the health care they deserve. I’m excited to work with Portland OPS to open a city-sanctioned overdose prevention site to save lives in our community.