Yes to SCS announced the start of a new outreach campaign Wednesday that will include musicians and Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper intended to “highlight the lifesaving benefit of building a safe consumption space (SCS) in the City of Seattle.”
Seattle has $1.3 million allocated in its 2018 budget for studying and starting a safe consumption site in Seattle, addressing the location and costs for the site, who will pay for it, and how it will be run.
Safe consumption sites are facilities where drug users can consume substances indoors with trained medical staff on hand to help prevent fatal overdoses, reduce the spread of disease from dirty needles, and connect addicts to drug treatment services. The King County Heroin and Prescription Opioid Addiction Task Force endorsed implementing such facilities in King County to address regional opioid addiction. While a controversial novelty in the United States, sanctioned safe consumption sites have operated in other countries for decades.
Yes to SCS says the new ads are designed “to raise the public’s awareness of this opportunity.”
“We’ve all lost too many friends and fellow artists to overdose,” John Roderick of The Long Winters, a participant in the campaign, said. “Wonderful people, who meant a lot to me and to the cultural life of this city, gone too soon. Every single person I’ve known who’s died from overdose was isolated and alone when it happened.”
Seattle City Council member Rob Johnson has said Capitol Hill is an ideal candidate for hosting a safe consumption site due to the positive community response to the concept and high rate of overdose in the neighborhood. Organizations including the Capitol Hill Community Council have voiced support for the facilities.