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Out of Harm’s Way: Alternatives to Public Injection in New York

The SIF NYC campaign invites you to a town hall event on September 30 to learn and take action for supervised injection facilities in NYC. Titled Out of Harm’s Way: Alternatives to Public Injection in New York, the event is hosted by the Open Society Foundations and moderated by Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now! Speakers include leading experts and political figures from around the world and NYC discussants. The event will open with food and refreshments and a performance by the New Amsterdam Boys and Girls Choir.

Amid an unprecedented homelessness crisis, persistent injection drug use, and an overdose epidemic, it’s past time for NYC to learn from the success of other cities in establishing supervised injection facilities (SIFs). A regular feature of public health in nearly 100 locations around the world, SIFs provide a safe, hygienic place for people to inject drugs and receive healthcare and other aid. SIFs reduce public disorder, overdose deaths, and disease transmission, increase drug treatment access, and save money.

RSVP for the event

Out of Harms WayOut of Harm’s Way: Alternatives to Public Injection in New York

When: September 30 at 6:00pm, beginning with refreshments
Where: Unitarian Church of All Saints, 1157 Lexington Ave at 80th St.
Subway: 6 Train to 77th St.


  • Senator Larry Campbell is a former officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Drug Squad, a coroner, and former mayor of Vancouver, BC.
  • Werner Schneider is the former drug czar of Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Tony Trimingham is a psychotherapist who helped establish the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.
  • Liz Evans worked as a nurse in Vancouver’s poorest community.
  • Amy Goodman (moderator) is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!

Questions? Contact Matt Curtis ( or Fred Wright (


"I stand with the SIF NYC coalition in calling on New York City and New York State government to take all necessary steps to authorize and establish supervised injection facilities..."


We are a growing coalition of public health and criminal justice reform groups and NYC residents that believes that supervised injection facilities are an important solution to problems related to drug use in our city.