We are Seattle musicians
and we say YES to SCS
Seattle is ready to establish the first legal safe consumption site (SCS) in the U.S. and tell the country we won’t leave people to die alone on the streets anymore.
It’s an important message to send and that’s why we - Seattle artists Jenn Champion, John Roderick, SassyBlack, and Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper - have teamed up with the Yes to SCS campaign to help make sure every last Seattleite knows about the campaign and how to support it.
Check out what we have to say below - we’re hoping you’ll help us get the word out.
- Jenn Champion, John Roderick, SassyBlack & Megan Jasper
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Here's why we say YES to SCS
As a teenager, I was an IV drug user. Lack of means meant lack of access to clean needles and safe injection sites. When I look back on the many precarious and dangerous choices I made, when I felt like I had no choices, I am amazed at my luck. Not everyone is that lucky. Yearly, more people under 50 are dying as a result of the current opioid crisis than from guns, or car accidents. We must recognize the need to address this crisis from every angle and access to sterile and safe sites to consume drugs will save lives. I can tell you this: you are much more likely to get treatment if you don’t feel like you have to hide from the world.
We’ve all lost too many friends and fellow artists to overdose. 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. Whatever your theory of addiction recovery is, whether it’s tough love or religion or whatever, if someone dies alone in a parked car, or huddled under a freeway bridge – it’s too late. SCSs in Seattle will save lives. They’ll save the city millions of dollars in revolving door emergency service calls. They are judgment-free, humane, sensible and hygienic and will play a big part in finding a long-term solution to this epidemic. Seattle is where it should begin in King County.
The war on drugs has always been a war on people – particularly poor people and people of color. Criminalizing drug use is the driving force of mass incarceration and the most expensive and least e¬ffective way to address what is fundamentally a public health problem. We have lost many great musicians to overdose. Countless other people have been lost to prisons, to stigma and shame. Let’s end the stigma and embrace compassionate care.
Megan Jasper, CEO of Sub PoP
I believe that SCSs are a long overdue intervention to combat the overdose epidemic. This crisis has touched the lives of nearly everyone in our community. Opening these sites is a proven and positive solution that will reduce deaths and medical issues, restore public safety and community spaces, and connect people who use drugs with resources for treatment. More delays means more suffering and more lives cut short. The time for SCS is right now.
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If you happen to be a musician or artist interested or willing to join us and other artists making public statements in support for the Yes to SCS campaign in the future, please let us know here.
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For more information or to speak with the artists, please contact:
Melissa Schwartz for Yes to SCS