About Us

About the Coalition

Massachusetts for Overdose Prevention Centers (MA4OPC) is a statewide coalition of more than 30 organizations committed to establishing overdose prevention centers in Massachusetts. We believe every person who uses drugs deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and trust. The coalition supports efforts to save lives, establish a culture of harm reduction and expand harm reduction strategies, and link people to treatment and recovery support services.

MA4OPC is the result of a growing grassroots movement that has been fighting for overdose prevention centers in our state for many years. We especially acknowledge the pioneering work of SIFMA NOW! and SIFMA NOW co-founder and activist, Aubri Esters, who passed away in June 2020. MA4OPC builds on their steadfast efforts to raise awareness and a sense of urgency among decision-makers to implement OPCs.

Massachusetts for Overdose Prevention Centers endorsers include:

Major Massachusetts hospitals and providers:
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Fenway Health
  • Grayken Center for Addiction at BMC
  • Massachusetts General Brigham
  • MGH Addiction Consult Team
  • MGH Primary Care Leadership
  • Tapestry Health Systems, Inc.

Leading medical and public health advocacy groups:
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • AIDS Action
  • AIDS Project Worcester
  • Association for Behavioral Health
  • Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians
  • Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association
  • Massachusetts Public Health Association
  • Massachusetts Recovery Advocacy Project
  • Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine
  • National Association of Social Workers – MA Chapter
  • Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University School of Law
  • Victory Programs

Public safety officials and groups:
  • Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan
  • Law Enforcement Action Partnership

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onprofits, advocacy, and grassroots groups:
  • ACLU of Massachusetts
  • RIZE Massachusetts Foundation 
  • ACCESS Drug User Health Program
  • Access HOPE
  • Boston Users Union
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Craig’s Doors: A Home Assoc.
  • End Hep C MA
  • Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)
  • GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
  • Harm Reduction Hedgehogs 413 (HRH413)
  • Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth
  • New England Users Union
  • Prisoners’ Legal Services
  • Progressive Massachusetts
  • SIFMA NOW
  • 1199SEIU
  • SEIU 509
  • SEIU CIR