Join the City of Somerville and Fenway Health for a virtual community forum to discuss a local supervised consumption site (SCS) on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 p.m. This forum will discuss what SCSs are, what the need is in Somerville, and ongoing efforts to explore establishing an SCS locally. This is an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and share feedback.
SCSs are harm reduction interventions that have been implemented in more than 10 countries 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 an SCS anywhere in the world.
In 2021, the City of Somerville conducted a needs assessment and feasibility study to explore the possibility of opening a supervised consumption site. Earlier this year, the City contracted with Fenway Health to develop a conceptual design, explore location options, and engage the community in this process. This forum is part of that process.