CDC and NIDA will finally study potential of safe consumption sites

No sanctioned SCS currently exist in the US, although many underground sites do operate
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Thursday, January 7, 2021

For the first time ever, Congress has weighed in on the issue of safe consumption sites (SCS). A bill tied to the stimulus package signed into law on December 27 included a direction to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to release a report on the potential public health impact of SCS. The direction was handed down in a report by the House Committee on Appropriations that accompanied HR 7614. According to the report, the NIDA and CDC must provide Congress with “an updated literature review and evaluation of the potential public health impact of Overdose Prevention Centers in the US” before the end of June 2021.