L.A. County Hosts Community Meeting on Harm Reduction Syringe Services Programs: In-Person and Virtual Participation Invited

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

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

Seating for the in-person portion of the meeting will be limited and given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Virtual attendees can register to view the meeting through a provided link.

Residents attending the meeting will have the opportunity to provide comments during the public comment section of the agenda. For those unable to attend or wishing to submit comments beforehand, remarks related to harm reduction syringe services programs can be submitted 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.

DTSM CEO Andrew Thomas expressed satisfaction with the community meeting being organized by the Department of Public Health. He stated that DTSM, Inc. shared information about the meeting with stakeholders and looks forward to continuing discussions on harm reduction syringe services programs at future events.

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