Community Meeting Set to Gather Feedback on L.A. County’s Harm Reduction Syringe Services Programs

Public Health Department to host community meeting discussing ‘harm reduction services’

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) is hosting a community meeting to gather input from residents on the County’s harm reduction syringe services programs. The event will take place as a hybrid meeting, allowing for both in-person attendance at the Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center and virtual attendance through Zoom on Friday, March 29 from 9am to 11am.

Seating for the in-person portion of the meeting will be limited and allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Virtual attendees can register to watch the meeting via a provided link. Those unable to attend or who wish to submit comments beforehand can do so through a webform.

The controversial issue of harm reduction syringe services programs was recently discussed in a City Council meeting, resulting in a split vote along party lines. Councilmembers voted to draft a resolution expressing their disapproval of the program. Despite this, Andrew Thomas, CEO of DTSM Inc., expressed satisfaction with the community meeting being organized by LACDPH. He stated that DTSM shared information about the meeting with stakeholders and looks forward to continuing the discussion on this important topic.

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