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Kanada. Overdue for a Change: Scaling up Supervised Consumption Services in Canada – Full report

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is pleased to share with you the full report of Overdue for a Change: Scaling Up Supervised Consumption Services in Canada.

This report documents a research project that was undertaken in 2018 to explore the current state of supervised consumption services (SCS) in Canada, to monitor legal and policy changes affecting SCS, and to identify facilitators and barriers faced by current and future SCS operators. (The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Kanada, 19.02.2019)


Schottland. Glasgow has 'most compelling case in Europe' for safe drug injecting room

GLASGOW has the “most compelling case in Europe” for a Safer Drug Consumption Room, MPs have been told. (Glasgow Evening Times, UK, 07.05.2019)


Implementation contexts and the impact of policing on access to supervised consumption services in Toronto, Canada: a qualitative comparative analysis

Geoff Bardwell. Carol Strike, Jason Altenberg, Lorraine Barnaby and Thomas Kerr

Harm Reduction Journal 2019, 16:30, doi.org/10.1186/s12954-019-0302-x


USA. Data show the first supervised injection site in the U.S., although illegal, prevented overdose deaths

American advocates calling for supervised injection sites as a life-saving measure to prevent overdose deaths have been forced to rely on data from Canada and elsewhere to show that the sites are a valid public health intervention – until now.

New data, released Monday at a major international harm reduction conference in Porto, Portugal, provide the first look at a supervised injection site (SIS) situated on American soil. The research involves data collected from the U.S. site – a secret, illegal one as such sites are not permitted under U.S. law. (Globe and Mail, Kanada, 29.04.2019)


Strassbourg. European symposium and study visit on drug consumption rooms in Strasbourg

Some 250 participants took part in a European symposium on “Low Risk Drug Consumption Rooms in Europe – Assessment and Prospects” co-organised by Efus, the City  of Strasbourg, the association Ithaque and the MILDECA, and held at the European Parliament on 3-4 April. The meeting brought together elected officials, representatives from international and national institutions, municipal health and security practitioners, doctors and nurses, social workers, police officers and researchers from across Europe and beyond. They discussed the development of local harm reduction policies and the role of supervised Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs) in protecting fundamental rights and fostering public health, security and social cohesion at local level. (EFUS - European Forum for Urban Security, Frankreich, 24.04.2019)


The implementation of overdose prevention sites as a novel and nimble response during an illegal drug overdose public health emergency.

Wallace B, Pagan F, Pauly BB.

Int J Drug Policy. 2019 Apr;66:64-72. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.01.017. 


Australien. Despite bad press, injecting room is doing what it was designed for

Last week more than a hundred people gathered for a meeting in North Richmond at a pub across from the medically supervised injecting room.

A mix of media, politicians, local residents and people working in the alcohol and drug sector attended. It was a spirited discussion about the issues associated with drug use and antisocial behaviour negatively affecting local residents. (SMH – Sydney Morning Herald, Australien, 15.04.2019)


Schottland. Home Office criticised for refusing drug consumption room in Glasgow

The head of a study which found Glasgow recently experienced the UK’s biggest HIV outbreak for 30 years has expressed frustration at the Home Office’s refusal to allow the opening of a drug consumption room. (The Scotsman, UK, 15.04.2019)


EUROPA. Project Solidify – Supervised Drug Consumption Facilities to Instill Harm Reduction and Social Cohesion at Local Levels

The project will focus on the implementation and sustainability of the Drug Consumption Rooms in several European cities and assess their impacts on the territory. (The European Forum for Urban Security,2018/19)


Schottland. Drug consumption rooms in Scotland gain cross-party support

CALLS for legal drug consumption rooms (DCRs) have garnered cross-party backing as MPs back efforts to cut deaths and crime. (The National, Schottland, 01.04.2019)


At-a-glance - Supervised Injection Services: a community-based response to the opioid crisis in the City of Ottawa, Canada.

DelVillano S, de Groh M, Morrison H, Do MT.

Health Promot Chronic Dis Prev Can. 2019 Mar;39(3):112-115. doi: 10.24095/hpcdp.39.3.03. 


Island. Iceland Expected to Introduce Drug Consumption Rooms

Drug consumption rooms (DCRs) are expected to be introduced in Iceland, as MPs and the Minister of Health have backed calls for an amendment to the national drug law. (Talking Drugs, UK, 01.04.2019)


Kanada. Opioid users and families urge Nova Scotia to open overdose prevention site

Group marches to Province House in Halifax with crosses marking deaths of loved ones. (CBC, Kanada, 27.03.2019)


Baden-Württemberg. Kabinett macht Weg für Drogenkonsumraum in Baden-Württemberg frei

Karlsruhe/Stuttgart – Nach monatelangem Ringen hat das grün-schwarze Kabinett in Baden-Württemberg die Verordnung für den landesweit ersten Drogenkonsumraum einstimmig beschlossen. (aerzteblatt.de, 26.03.2019)


Schottland. The public health crisis of Scotland’s drug use

Drug consumption rooms should be a part of the solution as Scotland looks to bring about a reduction in drug-related deaths, according to Scottish Drugs Forum CEO David Liddell.( healthandcare.scot, UK, 28.03.2019)


Supervised drug consumption sites considered for Canadian prisons

Correctional service 'exploring' new harm-reduction measure, union says Drumheller Institution a possible site. (CBC, Kanada, 28.03.2019)


Supervised Drug Consumption Facilities Bill



Karlsruhe. Verordnung für ersten Drogenkonsumraum lässt auf sich warten

(...) Die Kabinettsvorlage befindet sich dem Sozialministerium zufolge noch in der Ressortabstimmung. Im Kabinett behandelt werden könnte das Thema dem Vernehmen nach am 26. März. Ursprünglich sollte die Verordnung schon Anfang des Jahres das Kabinett passieren. (aerzteblatt.de, 18.03.2019)


Griechenland. Parliament approves creation of safe spaces for drug use

Greek Parliament on Thursday voted to open supervised drug consumption sites where people can use drugs with sterile injection equipment under the supervision of trained staff. (ekathimerini.com, Griechenland, 07.03.2019)


UK. Police back ‘shooting galleries’ for drug users

Senior police officers are backing plans to create a national network of drug consumption rooms, known as “shooting galleries”, where addicts are provided with drugs such as heroin, paid for by the state. (The Times, UK, 03.03.2019)


Evaluation of a fentanyl drug checking service for clients of a supervised injection facility, Vancouver, Canada.

Karamouzian M, Dohoo C, Forsting S, McNeil R, Kerr T, Lysyshyn M.

Harm Reduct J. 2018 Sep 10;15(1):46. doi: 10.1186/s12954-018-0252-8.


The projected costs and benefits of a supervised injection facility in Seattle, WA, USA.

Hood JE, Behrends CN, Irwin A, Schackman BR, Chan D, Hartfield K, Hess J, Banta-Green C, Whiteside L, Finegood B, Duchin J.

Int J Drug Policy. 2019 Feb 22;67:9-18. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.12.015. 



Impact of drug consumption rooms on risk practices and access to care in people who inject drugs in France: the COSINUS prospective cohort study protocol.

Auriacombe M, Roux P, Briand Madrid L, Kirchherr S, Kervran C, Chauvin C, Gutowski M, Denis C, Carrieri MP, Lalanne L, Jauffret-Roustide M; and the Cosinus study group.

BMJ Open. 2019 Feb 21;9(2):e023683. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023683.


USA. Philadelphia Mulls Supervised Injections to Cut Drug Deaths

For nearly two decades, Vancouver, the epicenter of Canada's increasingly deadly drug epidemic, has embraced an initiative that was once dismissed as a reckless experiment but has since won over some of its fiercest critics: a walk-in facility where addicts can inject heroin under the watch of medical professionals . (VOA - Voice of America, USA, 18.02.2019) 


USA. Safe Consumption Sites: Study Identifies Policy Change Strategies and Challenges

Understanding community experiences may inform others seeking to establish safe consumption sites

A new qualitative study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health identifies several key lessons from early efforts to establish sanctioned safe consumption sites in five U.S. communities. The results offer insights on one approach some localities are exploring to address the escalating drug overdose crisis in the U.S.  (Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, 13.02.2019)


USA. U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation's First Supervised Injection Site For Opioids

After months of threats, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia launched a legal challenge on Wednesday against the nonprofit Safehouse, which is hoping to open what could be the nation's first site where people with opioid addiction can use drugs under medical supervision. (NPR – National Public Radio, USA, 06.022.2019)


Changing risk and presentation of overdose associated with consumption of street drugs at a supervised injection site in Vancouver, Canada.

Notta D, Black B, Chu T, Joe R, Lysyshyn M.

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Jan 15;196:46-50. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.12.016.



Luxemburg. Luxembourg to Open Drug Consumption Room Near French Border

Luxembourg will open a safer drug consumption room (DCR) - the country's second - during the first quarter of 2019, the health minister has announced. (TALKING DRUGS, UK, 25.01.2019)


Australien. Lessons from the heroin injecting room

(...) In the more than 18 years since it opened, there have been more than one million injections supervised. In that time there has been 8000 overdoses – but there has not been one single death. (The Age, Australien, 16.01.2019)


Mobile supervised consumption services in Rural British Columbia: lessons learned

Silvina C. Mema, Gillian Frosst, Jessica Bridgeman, Hilary Drake, Corinne Dolman, Leslie Lappalainen and Trevor Corneil

Harm Reduction Journal 2019, 16:4, doi.org/10.1186/s12954-018-0273-3