A town hall meeting focused on the potential impacts of a supervised consumption site (SCS) on neighbors and businesses originally planned for Tuesday, July 27, has been postponed to Thursday, August 12 at 6 p.m.
Attend the town hall online or by phone:
The meeting will be hosted on Zoom, and there will also be an option to call into the meeting from a phone.
Visit somervillema.gov/virtualtownhall at the start time of the meeting to join live or get call-in information.
Call-in information will also be available on the day of the meeting on GovTV, RCN channel 13 and Comcast channel 22, or by calling 311.
All of the town halls will be shown live on GovTV, RCN channel 13 and Comcast channel 22, and at youtube.com/somervillecitytv. They will also be rebroadcast on GovTV and available to watch later on YouTube.
What is a supervised consumption site?
SCS are harm reduction interventions that have been implemented in more than 10 countries, including Canada, Australia, and across Europe to prevent fatal overdoses and connect people to services. People who use drugs are allowed to consume substances in the SCS under the supervision of staff who can intervene in the event of an overdose or other medical emergency. Often additional services like basic health care, housing support, and recovery resources are also offered at an SCS. To date, there have been no reported drug overdose deaths in a SCS.
To learn more about the work the City has done related to opening a SCS in Somerville and watch videos of previous town hall meetings, visit somervillema.gov/scs.
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