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USA. Study finds benefits, trade offs to legal supervised injection sites for drug users

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) As San Francisco develops plans for authorized safe injection sites for drug users, a study of an underground site already in operation released today suggests that there are potential tradeoffs in bringing such services out into the open. (Fox-KTVU, 27.12.2017)


USA. New York City Program Takes Controversial Approach to Opioid Crisis (Audio)

There's no single solution to the opioid crisis, but a New York City program is taking a controversial approach to fighting the epidemic.

It's called "harm reduction,” and it's not new. The non-punitive approach aims to reduce the harmful consequences of drug use. For some programs around the country that means giving access to sterile needles, and, in the case of The Washington Heights Corner Project, a bathroom where users can inject drugs knowing that if they overdose, someone will come to their aid. (WNYC – The Takeaway, 15.01.2018, Audio, 07:26)


Australien. Meet the women behind the injecting clinic that changed Kings Cross

Directly across the road from the Kings Cross train station you'll find the only medically supervised injecting centre in the southern hemisphere — but that's set to change.

After a spike in drug-related deaths in Melbourne's North Richmond, a trial safe injecting room has been green-lit by the Victorian Government.

Initially the state Labor Government was reluctant to support the facility and there has been resistance from some local businesses.

But Ingrid Van Beek says if her experience setting up the Kings Cross room in the 1990s is any guide, the community will come to support the room. (abc.net.au, Australien, 01.12.2017)


Kanada. Calgary supervised consumption site sees close to 1,000 visits in first month

After opening the doors of a temporary facility outside the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre on Oct. 30, staff at Calgary’s supervised drug consumption site responded to 26 overdoses during the service’s first month of operation. (Calgary Herald, 14.12.2017)


Australien. What goes on inside a medically supervised injection facility?

The Victorian government recently announced a medically-supervised injecting centre for North Richmond, an inner-city area plagued by drug overdoses. While some may argue the establishment of such facilities normalises drug use, the centres offer an essential service to keep people who use drugs and the community safe. (The Conversation „Academic rigour – journalistic flair“, Australien, 28.11.2017)


Drug consumption rooms : issues of social acceptability in French public debate

Marie Jauffret-Roustide, Lisbon Addictions 2017, Second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lissabon, 24.-26.10.2017

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/system/files/attachments/6753/12H45_1_Marie Jauffret-Roustide.pptx

UK. Back Yard – An Investigation into the Feasability of Establishing Drug Consumption Rooms

Liz McCulloch

The time is right to look at new ways of reducing mortality among people who use illicit drugs. Across the UK, we are seeing record levels of drug-related deaths. These deaths often occur among people who use heroin, as well as alcohol and tobacco. The appearance of synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil in the UK drug markets threatens to cause even more harm.Many of the most vulnerable people are not well served by existing models of treatment. So we need new ways of engaging these people in services that can save their lives. The need for drug consumption rooms is urgent. (Volte Face, UK, November 2017)



Frequency and severity of non-fatal opioid overdoses among clients attending the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre

Amanda Roxburgh, Lisbon Addictions 2017, Second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lissabon, 24.-26.10.2017

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/system/files/attachments/6759/12H45_3_Amanda Roxburgh.pptx

Kanada. Lowertown's new supervised injection site sees 'overwhelming' demand

Average of 122 clients per day visit injection trailer at Shepherds of Good Hope. (CBC News, Ottawa, 18.11.2017)


Drug consumption rooms in Porto, Portugal: listening to the concerned voices

Paula Meireles, Lisbon Addictions 2017, Second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lissabon, 24.-26.10.2017

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/system/files/attachments/6755/12H45_2_Paula Meireles.pptx

Schottland. Glasgow drugs 'fix room' setback leads to call for urgent action

SCOTTISH drug charities are calling for urgent action to help those in need after a major legal setback to plans for the UK's first “fix room”.

Last week, Lord Advocate James Wolffe chose to decline to issue guidance on the legality of a drug consumption room.

The Glasgow facility, which would have been the first of its kind in the UK, would allow users a safe space to take drugs, reducing the risks of spreading disease through dirty needles and preventing overdose deaths. (The National, Schottland, 15.11.2017)


Drug Consumption Rooms in Catalonia: Major impact on HIV-HCV risk behaviors and engagement in care

Cinta Folch, Lisbon Addictions 2017, Second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lissabon, 24.-26.10.2017

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/system/files/attachments/6761/12H45_4_Cinta Folch.pptx

Schottland. Lord Advocate blocks plan for safer drug consumption facility that would have helped contain Glasgow’s HIV outbreak

It has been reported in the media that Scotland’s Lord Advocate has blocked plans for a safer drug consumption facility in Glasgow, which was approved by Glasgow’s Integrated Joint Board in October 2016.

David Liddell, CEO of Scottish Drugs Forum, said: ‘This is a hugely depressing decision.  It means that a drug consumption room cannot be delivered in a timescale that will respond to the pressing needs of a group who are among the most vulnerable in our society. (SDF – Scottish Drugs Forum, November 2017)


Factors Concerning Access to a Potential Drug Consumption Room in Dublin, Ireland

Emma Atkin-Brenninkmeyer, Lisbon Addictions 2017, Second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lissabon, 24.-26.10.2017

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/system/files/attachments/6763/12H45_5_Emma Atkin-Brenninkmeyer.pptx

Use of on-site detoxification services co-located with a supervised injection facility.

Gaddis A, Kennedy MC, Nosova E, Milloy MJ, Hayashi K, Wood E, Kerr T.

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 Nov;82:1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2017.08.003.



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