WELCOME TO PORTLAND OPS
Community outreach & education on harm reduction. Advocacy for sensible drug policies and an overdose prevention site in Portland, Maine. Learn more about us by clicking on the titles below.
We want to build communities where people who use drugs are supported in practicing harm reduction and lead lives free from discrimination, stigma, and criminalization. We envision an end to the War on Drugs, and a future where compassion has replaced punishment in our laws, institutions and relationships.
Portland Overdose Prevention Society is devoted to instituting compassionate mutual aid initiatives and promoting evidence-based policy changes that save lives and honor the dignity of all people who use drugs (PWUD). We educate, advocate, and organize to end the cycle of stigma, destruction, and discrimination towards PWUD in Maine. Our work focuses on creating life-saving mutual aid projects; building a grassroots movement to establish safe consumption sites; and, fostering community-level capacity to keep our people out of lock up, while working in coalition to achieve policy change.
- We believe in the inherent value and dignity of people who use drugs.
- We believe in harm reduction practices and promoting their legalization, operation and accessibility in all communities.
- We believe that all pathways to recovery are valid and recognize that abstinence is not synonymous with recovery.
- We believe that the War on Drugs only serves to perpetuate inequity and premature death.
- We believe that fighting racism, white supremacy, poverty, misogyny, xenophobia and ableism is central to ending the War on Drugs.
- We believe that healthcare is a human right.
- We believe that safer drug use falls under the domain of healthcare and that people who use drugs deserve compassionate and stigma-free care.
- We believe that the systemic harms caused by Drug War policies have decimated entire communities, and must be repaired through community-led efforts.
- We believe that incarceration is inhumane and resources going into this practice must be shifted into healthcare and community-based services led by people directly impacted by the War on Drugs.
- We believe in fighting despair and suffering in our communities, not drug use.
- We believe there is true power in community, solidarity and mutual aid.
- We believe in saving lives.