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The Impact of Supervised Consumption Services on Fentanyl-related Deaths: Lessons Learned from Alberta's Provincial Data. 

Marshall T, Abba-Aji A, Tanguay R, Greenshaw AJ. 

Can J Psychiatry. 2021 Mar 19:706743721999571. doi: 10.1177/0706743721999571. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33739168.

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0706743721999571

Australien. ‘It saves lives’: Government stands firm on location of Richmond injecting room

Acting Premier James Merlino has stood by the decision to run a safe injecting room next to a primary school in Richmond after emotional parents addressed a residents’ meeting on Wednesday night. (The Age, Australien, 25.03.2021)

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/it-saves-lives-government-stands-firm-on-location-of-richmond-injecting-room-20210325-p57dxl.html

Berlin. Virtueller Rundgang durch die Birkenstube

http://harmreduction.ndc-euro2020.de/

 

USA. Will Rhode Island Be the First State to Legalize Safe Consumption Sites?

The prospect of safe consumption sites (SCS) for mitigating the United States’ historic overdose death toll has long been delayed by the federal obstruction of a Philadelphia-based organization’s bid to open the first sanctioned site. Now, hope may be found a few states over: Rhode Island, where residents are witnessing an exacerbated fatal overdose crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Filter, USA, 01.03.2021)

https://filtermag.org/rhode-island-first-safe-consumption-sites/

Schottland. Medical experts call for 'safe' drug consumption rooms

Scotland should introduce "safe consumption rooms" to tackle a record number of drug deaths, senior medical professionals have said.

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) wants the Scottish and UK governments to seriously consider decriminalising drug possession. (BBC, 02.03.2021)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-56239222

Schweiz. Churs offene Drogenszene: «Wir sind wie Ameisen» 

Im Stadtpark Chur hat sich eine offene Drogenszene etabliert. PolitikerInnen und Fachleute fordern daher einen Konsumraum, wie ihn andere Städte seit langem haben. Das wäre Sache der Kantonsregierung. Diese aber schläft seit Jahren. (WoZ – WochenZeitung, Schweiz, Nr. 08/2021 vom 25.02.2021) 

https://www.woz.ch/2108/churs-offene-drogenszene/wir-sind-wie-ameisen

UK. Peter Krykant & UK drug consumption rooms – is their time finally here?

(emerald publishing, UK, 12.02.2021)

https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/topics/healthier-lives/blog/peter-krykant-uk-drug-consumption-rooms-their-time-finally-here

Slowenien. The fight for a Drug Consumption Room in Slovenia

n Slovenia, we still don’t have official DCR. Initial ideas of opening DCR in Ljubljana date from the middle of 90s. In 2004 NGO Stigma filed an official application for opening drug consumption room to the Governmental Office for Drugs, who unfortunately did not materialise the idea at the time. (correlation-net.org, Niederlande, 03.02.2021)

https://www.correlation-net.org/the-fight-for-a-drug-consumption-room-in-slovenia/

Schottland. Scots drugs crusader upgrades mobile overdose prevention centre with new ambulance

Peter Krykant believes the more professional vehicle will be a big step towards properly funded, state-backed services. (Daily Record, Schottland, 23.01.2021)

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-drugs-crusader-upgrades-mobile-23369572

Schottland. Drugs activist Peter Krykant won't be charged over overdose prevention van

The Crown Office has told Peter Krykant he will not face court action after he refused to accept a caution relating to the running of his drugs van in Glasgow. (Daily Record, Schottland, 20.01.2021)

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/drugs-activist-peter-krykant-wont-23348736.amp

USA. Appellate Court Agrees with Government that Supervised Injection Sites are Illegal under Federal Law; Reverses District Court Ruling 

In a precedential opinion, the Third Circuit ruled yesterday that it is a federal crime to open a supervised injection site or “consumption room” for illegal drug use.  Local nonprofit Safehouse planned to open the nation’s first such consumption room in the City of Philadelphia, where individuals would be invited to inject heroin and use other drugs under supervision.  But the Third Circuit ruled that doing so “will break the law” because Safehouse knows and intends that visitors to its consumption room will have a significant purpose of using illegal drugs.  In agreeing with the government’s interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act, the Court explained that, “[t]hough the opioid crisis may call for innovative solutions, local innovations may not break federal law.” (The United States Department of Justice, 13.01.2021)

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/appellate-court-agrees-government-supervised-injection-sites-are-illegal-under-federal-law

Peer-assisted injection as a harm reduction measure in a supervised consumption service: a qualitative study of client experiences. 

Pijl, E., Oosterbroek, T., Motz, T. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 18, 5 (2021). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00455-3

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-020-00455-3

A critical narrative inquiry to understand the impacts of an overdose prevention site on the lives of site users. 

Oudshoorn, A., Sangster Bouck, M., McCann, M. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 18, 6 (2021). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00458-0

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-020-00458-0

Implementation and evaluation of an educational intervention for safer injection in people who inject drugs in Europe: a multi-country mixed-methods study. 

Roux P, Donadille C, Magen C, Schatz E, Stranz R, Curado A, Tsiakou T, Verdes L, Aleksova A, Carrieri P, Mezaache S, Ben Charif A; Eurosider study group. 

Int J Drug Policy. 2020 Oct 20;87:102992. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102992. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33096364.

https://www.correlation-net.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/IJDP_Eurosider-study.pdf

People's positions on supervised injection facilities for drug users. 

Munoz Sastre MT, Kpanake L, Mullet E. French 

Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2020 Oct 14;15(1):79. doi: 10.1186/s13011-020-00321-2. PMID: 33054832; PMCID: PMC7557075.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7557075/

USA. Will the U.S. get its first supervised drug consumption site?

(...) Today, about 120 legally sanctioned supervised consumption sites operate in 11 countries globally, including Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Now there’s a proposal for the first supervised consumption site to open in the United States, but the federal government filed a lawsuit to block it from opening in Philadelphia. (AMA – American Medical Association, 15.12.2020)

https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/opioids/will-us-get-its-first-supervised-drug-consumption-site

Schottland. Drugs activist Peter Krykant ready to go to court as he fights to save addicts

Peter Krykant was charged with an offence and cautioned in October. (Daily Record, UK, 11.12.2020)

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/drugs-activist-peter-krykant-ready-23149903

Schweiz. Niederschwellige, akzeptierende Suchtarbeit - Eine qualitative Studie für die Relevanz von Kontakt- und Anlaufstellen mit Konsumraum in Kleinstädten der Schweiz 

Die vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit dem Thema Kontakt- und Anlaufstellen mit Konsumraum in Schweizer Kleinstädten. Schweizweit existieren vier Kontakt- und Anlaufstellen mit Konsumraum in kleinen Städten. Das Ziel dieser Arbeit ist, mithilfe einer qualitativen Forschung in Erfahrung zu bringen, mit welchen Rahmenbedingungen die Kontakt- und Anlaufstellen mit Konsumraum in den Kleinstädten konfrontiert sind und welchen Mehrwert sie für wen bieten.

Bachelor-Arbeit der Hochschule Luzern - Soziale Arbeit, Jeanne Eckhart und Matthias Hürzeler, August 2020 

https://www.soziothek.ch/niederschwellige-akzeptierende-suchtarbeit

Supervised Injection Facilities and Other Supervised Consumption Sites: Effectiveness and Value; Evidence Report.

Armbrecht E, Guzauskas G, Hansen R, Pandey R, Fazioli K, Chapman R, Pearson SD, Rind DM. 

Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, November 13, 2020.

https://icer-review.org/material/supervised-injection-facilities-evidence-report/

Schottland. Operator of Glasgow safe drug-use van charged at service

Police say people’s ‘complex needs’ are ‘understood’ after Peter Krykant cautioned. (Guardian, UK, 24.10.2020)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/oct/24/operator-of-glasgow-safe-drug-use-van-peter-krykant-arrested-and-charged

Schottland. Long Read: Dani Garavelli: On the road with Scotland's drug consumption van

Dani Garavelli investigates one man's attempts to prevent overdoses and the spread of HIV with his controversial safer drugs consumption van. (The Scotsman, Schottland, 08.11.2020)

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/long-read-dani-garavelli-road-scotlands-drug-consumption-van-3028894

Schottland. Two drug users an hour helped at consumption van service in Glasgow city centre

ALMOST two injections an hour have been carried out at the mobile drug consumption van set up by a volunteer in Glasgow city centre. (Glasgow Evening Times, 19.10.2020)

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/18803798.two-drug-users-hour-helped-consumption-van-service-glasgow-city-centre

To what extent do supervised drug consumption services incorporate non-injection routes of administration? A systematic scoping review documenting existing facilities. 

Speed, K.A., Gehring, N.D., Launier, K. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 72 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00414-y

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-020-00414-y

USA/Kalifornien. Wiener to reintroduce supervised injection bill

California Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will reintroduce a bill allowing San Francisco, Oakland, and possibly other cities to open pilot supervised injection sites, he announced at an October 8 news conference in the Tenderloin.

"The war on drugs has failed," Wiener, a gay man, said. "Criminalizing addiction is not effective, and in fact it makes the problem worse. We need to treat drug use as the public health issue it is, not a criminal issue." (Bay Area Reporter, USA, 10.10.2020)

https://www.ebar.com/news/news/298083

Australien. Characteristics of people who used the Melbourne and Sydney medically supervised injecting facilities surveyed in the Illicit Drug Reporting System 2019

People who inject drugs are at increased risk of fatal and non-fatal overdose, blood-borne viral infections, and a range of negative social and health consequences. Interventions such as supervised injecting facilities have been shown to reduce overdose-related morbidity and mortality, drug-related risk behaviors, and to improve public amenity.

In this bulletin, we summarise findings from the Sydney and Melbourne survey samples who report use of the supervised injecting facilities in their city. (NDARC - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australien, 2020)

https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/ndarc/resources/Melbourne-Sydney%20MSIR%20IDRS%20Bulletin_final.pdf

Kanada. Vancouver council approves drug injection site for downtown 

New site will operate out of city building at Seymour and Helmcken streets. (biv.com, 21.10.2020)

https://biv.com/article/2020/10/vancouver-council-approves-drug-injection-site-downtown

Schottland. SDF statement on reported police action at unofficial safer drug consumption facility in Glasgow

Today, Scottish Drugs Forum reacts to a reported incident in Glasgow, where a man was cautioned by police carrying out their enforcement duties under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 during a weekly demonstration of a safer drug consumption facility – that has been undertaken for nearly two months – in protest at the thwarting of plans for the legal provision of a facility planned by the local health board and council. (SDF – Scottish Drugs Forum, 26.10.2020)

http://www.sdf.org.uk/sdf-statement-on-reported-police-action-at-unofficial-safer-drug-consumption-facility-in-glasgow/

Schottland. Safe Consumption Glasgow

The Evidence

Safe Consumption Sites also known as Overdose Prevention Sites or Drug Consumption Rooms are now in operation around the world. The data shows that not one single death from overdose has been recorded with tens of thousands of overdoses being reversed. Benefits include, reduced hospital admissions, less anti social behaviours, more engagement with treatment, less BBV transmission and less publicly discarded equipment. (Safe Consumption Glasgow, Oktober 2020)

https://www.safeconsumptionglasgow.com/

Kanada. British Columbia. Vancouver's Insite drug injection clinic will stay open

Top court rules on clinic's exemption from federal drug laws. (CBC, Kanada, 30.09.2020)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-s-insite-drug-injection-clinic-will-stay-open-1.1005044