San Francisco is gearing up to open the United States' first legal supervised injection facility in July. For the more than 22,000 people who inject drugs in the city, a new day is on the horizon – and they'll live to see it.

Authorities in the city of San Francisco have announced their intention to open the US’ first supervised injection facilities (SIFs) in July 2018. It's not alone – Philadelphia and Seattle are also moving forward with the idea, while other cities are coming around to different harm reduction methods, such as expanding syringe access services. After decades of activists pounding the pavement, local public health departments are finally ready to embrace compassionate, evidence-based reforms and take the steps necessary to address the opioid crisis and save lives.