Drug Users' Union in San Francisco Part of Growing Movement
March 23, 2012
About five-dozen members attend regular biweekly meetings of the San Francisco Drug Users Union. SFDUU, which held its first gatherings in 2010, is based in the city's Tenderloin district. In the next few months, the group will present testimony to a city panel on housing discrimination; co-host the first US conference by and for drug users; and hold a design contest for a supervised injection site, where medical workers would provide users sterile injection equipment and harm-reduction tips, and guard against overdoses.
The city Hepatitis C Task Force in 2010 recommended piloting a supervised injection site. Mayor Ed Lee and city Public Health Director Barbara Garcia do not support it. The city does, however, fund an overdose prevention education group that provides antidotes and training to opiate users.View Full Article
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