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EMCDDA webinar: Drug consumption rooms in Europe (02.06.2022) - Video

Objective: The main objective of this webinar is to provide an overview of the different types of drug consumptions rooms (DCRs) in Europe. It will describe the challenges and current reality, as well as look towards the future and consider how this service could adapt and evolve. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, 09.06.2022, Videom 01:34:49)


Australien. Injecting room has not only saved lives, it has protected clients from violence

Violence is no stranger in the world of illicit drugs. But Sydney’s injection room gives its users a much-needed respite from it. (UNSW – University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australien, 03.06.2022)


Acceptability of Overdose Prevention Sites in the Business Community in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Sherman SG, Rouhani S, White RH, Weicker N, Morris M, Schneider K, Park JN, Barry C. 

J Urban Health. 2022 May 24:1–10. doi: 10.1007/s11524-022-00647-1. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35610474; PMCID: PMC9129898.


Drug Consumption Rooms and Public Health Policy: Perspectives of Scottish Strategic Decision-Makers. 

Nicholls J, Livingston W, Perkins A, Cairns B, Foster R, Trayner KMA, Sumnall HR, Price T, Cairney P, Dumbrell J, Parkes T. 

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(11):6575. doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19116575 


Kanada. Expanding overdose prevention sites in Vancouver, Canada, has beneficial health impacts

To help combat the record-breaking rates of drug overdose deaths, Canada implemented 20 overdose prevention sites across British Columbia, with 5 in Vancouver. Overdose prevention sites are a type of supervised injection service that are less regimented and have fewer barriers than traditional supervised injection services. The researchers in this study investigated the impact of this implementation in Vancouver on health outcomes. (Recovera Research Institute, USA, Mai 2022)


USA. California debates opening supervised sites for people to use drugs

Lawmakers in California are debating whether to open sites where people can inject or snort illegal drugs under the watchful gaze of a health care worker. These facilities are an effort to save lives as overdoses skyrocket across the country. (npd – National Public Radio, USA, 23.05.2022)


The Importance of Federal Action Supporting Overdose-Prevention Centers. 

Naeem AH, Davis CS, Samuels EA. 

N Engl J Med. 2022 May 26;386(21):1965-1967. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2119764. Epub 2022 May 21. PMID: 35593724.


USA. Lawmakers consider expansion of supervised injection sites

New York lawmakers are weighing whether to create a regulatory framework that could lead to the expansion of supervised injection sites in the state amid a record number of overdose deaths over the last year. (nystateofpolitics.com, USA,11.05.2022)


Supervised consumption site enables cost savings by avoiding emergency services: a cost analysis study. 

Khair, S., Eastwood, C.A., Lu, M. et al.

Harm Reduct J 19, 32 (2022). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-022-00609-5


The United Kingdom's first unsanctioned overdose prevention site; A proof-of-concept evaluation

Gillian W. Shorter, MagdalenaHarris, AndrewMcAuley, Kirsten MATrayner, AlexStevens

International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 104, June 2022, 103670


USA. Poll: New Yorkers support supervised injection sites 

Successful pilot programs in New York City have reversed hundreds of overdoses. (City&State New York, 26.04.2022)


Frankreich. Le “Mur de la Honte” - The Wall of Shame – Why crack consumption rooms are needed in Paris

In the last 3 decades marginalized people who use crack in Paris have been chased from one public park to the other by the police. Recently the police even built a wall to block the users from the rest of society. This new documentary explores the history of crack in Paris, and amplifies the voices of experts and residents who call for a better solution: safe crack consumption rooms. (Drugreporter, Ungarn, 28.04 2022)


Kanada. One year later: Overdose prevention site in New West

New Westminster overdose prevention site staff respond to 74 events in first year of operation. (New Westminster Record, Kanada, 10.04.2022)


Kanada. Toronto hospital becomes first in Ontario to provide supervised consumption services

Casey House in Toronto, Canada’s first and only hospice for people living with HIV, is now the first in Ontario to offer on-site supervised consumption as part of its health care.

“We see a supervised consumption service as a critical health care necessity,” said Casey House CEO, Joanne Simons.

Casey House’s supervised consumption services are open to registered clients 24-hours a day for the inpatient unit and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for outpatients. (Global News, Kanada, 05.04.2022)


Supervised Consumption Sites—A Tool for Reducing Risk of Overdose Deaths and Infectious Diseases in People Who Use Illicit Drugs. 

Rubin R, Suran M. 

JAMA. Published online April 06, 2022. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.4017


Service utilization patterns and characteristics among clients of integrated supervised consumption sites in Toronto, Canada. 

Nassau T, Kolla G, Mason K, Hopkins S, Tookey P, McLean E, Werb D, Scheim A. 

Harm Reduct J. 2022 Mar 29;19(1):33. doi: 10.1186/s12954-022-00610-y. PMID: 35351160; PMCID: PMC8966307.


EMCDDA. Spotlight on… Drug consumption rooms 

What are drug consumption rooms?

Drug consumption rooms, sometimes known as supervised injecting facilities, are fixed or mobile spaces in which people who inject drugs are provided with sterile injection equipment and can use illicit drugs under the supervision of trained staff. In some countries, consumption rooms also provide a space and equipment to allow non-injecting routes of administration, for example for crack cocaine smokers. Drug consumption rooms exist in several European countries and are usually located in areas where there is an open drug scene and injecting in public places is common. Their primary goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality by providing a safer environment for drug use and training clients in safer forms of drug use. Providing a conduit to other care services and reducing public nuisance may also be an explicit objective. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, 24.02.2022)


Community perspectives on supervised consumption sites: Insights from four U.S. counties deeply affected by opioids

Taylor, Jirka et al.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Volume 131, 108397 


Kanada. Vancouver overdose prevention society finds new home for drug consumption site

Plan to build $850,000 prototype drug inhalation facility never got off ground. (vancouverisawesome.com, Kanada, 04.03.2022)


Impact of an overdose reversal program in the context of a safe consumption site in Northern Mexico

DavidGoodman-Meza, SaidSlim, LourdesAngulo, PabloGonzales-Nieto, Mary C.Cambou, AlejandraLoera, SteveShoptaw, JaimeArredondo

Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports, Volume 2, March 2022, doi.org/10.1016/j.dadr.2021.100021


USA/NY. First US drug injection center aims to lead way on overdoses

"This site saves lives," reads an inscription on the wall of America's first drug injection center in New York, which aims to serve as a model in a country blighted by record overdoses. (MedicalXpress, USA, 18.02.2022)


How to design a drug consumption room 

Cubicles, location, queues and staffing: design essentials for drug consumption rooms. (SSA – Society for the Study of Addictions, UK, 17.02.2022)


USA. Justice Dept. signals it may allow safe injection sites

The Justice Department is signaling it might be open to allowing so-called safe injection sites, or safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics with protections against fatal overdoses. (AP, USA, 08.02.2022)


Implementation of a nurse-led overdose prevention site in a hospital setting: lessons learned from St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. 

Dogherty E, Patterson C, Gagnon M, Harrison S, Chase J, Boerstler J, Gibson J, Gill S, Nolan S, Ryan A. 

Harm Reduct J. 2022 Feb 5;19(1):13. doi: 10.1186/s12954-022-00596-7. PMID: 35120536; PMCID: PMC8816684.


Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalisation with Use of an Unsanctioned Safe Consumption Site for Injection Drug Use in the United States. 

Lambdin, B.H., Davidson, P.J., Browne, E.N. et al. Reduced 

J GEN INTERN MED (2022). doi.org/10.1007/s11606-021-07312-4


Kanada. Court to hear urgent appeal on Alberta ID policy for supervised drug-use sites

The rule, set to come into place on Jan. 31, requires people who are using substances to show their personal health care number to access the sites. (Toronto Star, Kanada, 18.01.2022)


Policy windows for drug consumption rooms in Finland. 

Unlu A, Tammi T, Hakkarainen P. 

Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. January 2022. doi:10.1177/14550725211069287


Empathy, Evidence, & Experience - Learning from overseas to respond to street-based drug injecting in Dublin City Centre†

Working Paper

Eugene McCann, Geography, Simon Fraser University 
Tony Duffin, Ana Liffey Drug Project

Januar 2022


USA/NY. Overdose Prevention Centers Averted 59 Overdoses in First Three Weeks of Operation

The Health Department today announced that, in the first three weeks of operation, staff at the two Overdose Prevention Centers (OPCs) in New York City, operated by OnPoint NYC, averted at least 59 overdoses to prevent injury and death. In the first three weeks of operation, the centers have been used more than 2,000 times. (NYC Health, 21.12.2021)


UK. How Peter Krykant Tackled the UK Drug Death Crisis (Video)

Peter Krykant talks about why he bought an old ambulance and set up an overdose prevention facility. (Transform Drug Policy Foundation, UK, 10.01.2022, Video, 02:19)