Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) are evidence based, and have been internationally recognised, being used in many countries to reduce BBV's, keep people alive, reduce health care costs, help engage people into treatment, reduce issues with discarded equipment, create less anti social behaviour and less crime in areas where OPS's are currently located, helping reduce Police time that is focused on criminalising people who have a health issue.
Glasgow now has an OPS which is operating weekly, staffed by a range of volunteers from former MP's, those with personal experience injecting drugs and former nurses.
So far we are helping around 10 people on average per week inject more safely with sterile equipment in a clean safe space with Naloxone and a defib on site.
We need an official site in Glasgow run by the NHS to serve the estimated 500 people who have to inject in squalid conditions putting them at risk of BBV's and of course death, but we will do all we can in the meantime. With the worst drug death rate in the world Scotland needs this more than most places however we understand this is not a silver bullet but just one of a range of evidence based interventions that help keep people alive.
You can support through Twitter and Instagram by sharing and publicly supporting the drive to establish Scotlands and the UK's first official site, lobby your MP and MSP, send a letter to the Crown Office for attention of the Lord Advocate and if you want come stand on the front line, start your own OPS or volunteer on current ones in Glasgow.
All money raised will go to support the set up of sites in Glasgow and potentially other areas if people step forward and need support to set sites up, this money buys medical bandages, defibs, heating equipment, lighting, gazebos, storage units, seating, tables and keep us running in fuel costs.
- Sandra Barrie
- sam mackenzie
- Ana Maria Spencer
- Iain Campbell
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