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Overdose Prevention SiteS ADVOCACY Toolkit

Overdose prevention sites, sometimes called overdose prevention centers, safe injection sites, or supervised consumption facilities, are evidence-based health resource centers where people can use pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of trained staff. OPSs reduce the risk of harm related to drug use, including fatal overdose, and provide health services to people who use drugs, including medical assistance, counseling, case management, referrals to community services, education about safer use techniques, and much more. 


Peer-reviewed data gleaned from the 100+ overdose prevention sites in 11 countries - including New York City - report that OPS programs:

✓ Prevent overdose deaths
✓ Facilitate entry into medical and mental health treatment
✓ Reduce the spread of infectious diseases
✓ Reduce public drug use
✓ Lead to safer disposal of drug litter

In Illinois, we're supporting HB002, the bill allowing organizations in Chicago to pilot an overdose prevention site. Find resources below so you can stand with us and advocate for OPS!

OPS resources



  • Dec. 1, 2022, Press Conference (Rep. Ford) on the Impact of Fentanyl on Communities Across Illinois | Video

  • Sept. 2022 Community Meeting on Overdose Prevention Sites with OnPointNYC (West Side Heroin Opioid Task Force) | Video

  • Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) / The Law Enforcement Experience with Overdose Prevention Sites | Video

  • Rhode Island Mock Overdose Prevention Site Tour | Video




  • Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center 

  • Access Living

  • ACLU of Illinois

  • Adler University 

  • AIDS Foundation Chicago 

  • Almost Home Chicago 

  • The Angel Moms Network

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • Association for Individual Development

  • Brightside Clinic 

  • Buddy’s Purpose

  • Canna Equity Coalition Illinois

  • Carle Addiction Recovery Center

  • Center for Housing & Health 

  • Center for Wellness Counseling

  • Chicago Drug Users’ Union

  • Chicago House and Social Services Agency

  • Chicago Recovery Alliance 

  • Chicago Urban League 

  • Children’s Best Interest Project Safer Foundation

  • Christ Community Mennonite Church

  • Clergy for a New Drug Policy

  • Community Behavioral Healthcare Association

  • Community Mental Health and Substance Use Providers

  • Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township

  • Community Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP)

  • Cook County Health Department 

  • Cook County Health

  • Drug Users Health Collective of Chicago 

  • Duney’s Defense 

  • Entheo IL

  • EverThrive Illinois

  • Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

  • Family Guidance Centers 

  • FED UP! Coalition

  • Great Lakes NIDA Clinical Trials Network

  • Healthcare Alternative Systems (HAS)

  • Health & Medicine Policy Research Group 

  • Heartland Alliance 

  • Hope for Healing 

  • Illinois Assocation of Behavioral Health

  • Illinois Collaboration on Youth

  • Illinois Department of Human Services 

  • Illinois Harm Reduction & Recovery Coalition 

  • Illinois Medical & Nursing Associations

  • Illinois National Organization for Women (NOW)

  • Illinois Psychiatric Society

  • Illinois Public Health Association

  • Illinois State Medical Society

  • Illinois Society of Addiction Medicine

  • Jolt Foundation 

  • Kane County Sheriff’s Office

  • Lake County State’s Attorneys Office

  • Lake Forest Hospital

  • Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.

  • Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) 

  • Lawndale Christian Health Center

  • Legal Council for Health Justice Rush Medical School

  • Lighthouse Recovery

  • Linda Benton Yoga

  • Live4Lali 

  • Love Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC 

  • Love LeB 

  • Memorial Behavioral Health

  • Men & Women in Prison Ministry

  • Mental Health America of Illinois

  • Mental Health Summit
    MBM Advantage, LLC

  • NAMI Chicago

  • National Association of Social Workers Illinois

  • The Night Ministry

  • Northern IL Recovery Community Organization

  • PCC Community Wellness

  • Peace and Justice Solutions

  • Pharmacy and Addiction Medicine Society

  • Phoenix Center 

  • The Porchlight Collective, SAP

  • Prevention Partnership, Inc.

  • Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago 

  • Point to Point Kane County

  • The Puerto Rico Project

  • QC Harm Reduction

  • Renaissance Social Services, Inc.

  • Rush University College of Nursing  

  • A Safe Haven Foundation

  • Sana Healing Collective

  • Shawnee Health Services

  • Shelter, Inc 

  • Sierra Club

  • Sisters in Sobriety Transformed Anointed & Healed

  • Springfield Harm Reduction Initiative - Pheonix2U

  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy

  • Supportive Housing Providers Assocation

  • TASC

  • Thresholsd

  • University of Illinois Chicago

  • West Side Heroin and Opioid Task Force

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