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SIFs

Safer Consumption Spaces: SIFs and DCRs.

As overdose rates show no signs of slowing across the country, we need to consider bold, evidence-based public health interventions that are effective in preventing overdose fatalities, reducing drug-related harms and providing gateways to health care, treatment and support.

In late 2015 Harm Reduction Coalition convened a consultation with international law enforcement and public health experts to understand the local dynamics shaping the establishment and implementation safer spaces for drug consumption. The consultation found that:

  • People who use supervised sites take better care of themselves, reduce or eliminate their needle sharing, use their drugs more safely, and ultimately reduce their drug use.

  • Participants to these sites gain access to other medical and social services and entry into drug treatment;

  • There has not been a single overdose death in any of these programs over many years of operation and many thousands supervised of injections;

  • The sites do not increase drug use in the area, nor do they encourage young people to initiate drug use;

  • Crime and public nuisance decrease in the areas around these programs.

Below are a list of resources on safer consumption spaces, also known as supervised injecting facilities (SIFs) and drug consumption rooms (DCRs)

Alternatives to Public Injecting

Report from Harm Reduction Coalition following a consultation with international law enforcement and public health experts to understand the local dynamics shaping the establishment and implementation safer consumption spaces.

Using Supervised Injection Facilities to Reduce Harm and Improve Access to Care

Webinar by Dr. Sharon Stancliff, Harm Reduction Coalition’s Medical Director to the Physicians’ Research Network on supervised injection facilities.

Safer Consumption Spaces in United States – Uniting for a National Movement

Report from Project Inform reviewing key issues related to safe consumption sites, best practices and lessons learned for advocacy and educating stakeholders of the value and benefits these sites provide to people who use drugs and the communities where they live.

Safe Drug Consumption Spaces: Implications for Baltimore City

Report from Abell Foundation authored by Professor Susan Sherman, from Harm Reduction Coalition’s Board of Directors, explains what safe consumption spaces are, the research behind them, and the challenges they face.

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