Drug consumption rooms (DCR)

Drug Consumption Rooms are also known as 'medically supervised injecting centres', ‘safe injecting facilities’, ‘safe injecting sites’ or 'drug injection rooms', or ‘drug fixing rooms’.  Some provide space for safe injection only, while majority of DCRs also provide places to smoke or snort drugs. There are even 'smoking only' consumption rooms.

A Safe Place to Use Drugs: Lessons from Europe's Supervised Consumption Sites

A 2014 review of 75 studies on Drug Consumption Rooms world-wide reported that they reduce drug use in public spaces, lower overdose rates, increase access to safer injection conditions and help decrease disease. They also link users to other supports.

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Supervised Injection Sites Are Coming to the United States. Here’s What You Should Know

The health risks of IV drug use are extreme — 130 people die from an overdose every day in the United States. External link The lifetime risk of dying from an opioid overdose is greater than that of a car collision: External link 1 in 96 versus 1 in 103.
The U.S. government has struggled to control the most recent waves of the opioid epidemic that have killed more than 400,000 people since 2010 (PDF, 198 KB). External link Other countries have decided to give people misusing intravenous drugs ownership over at least one aspect of their addiction: location.
People use opioids “wherever they can,” said Kathleen Woodruff External link DNP, ANP-BC, clinical assistant professor at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing. “The street, abandoned buildings ... they will find a place to use.”

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Drug Consumption Rooms as a setting to address HCV: Current Practice and Future Capacity 2018

While decreases in risky injecting behaviours are an outcome of DCR use, HCV prevention and treatment in these settings haven’t been adequately described. There are no international DCR standards for HCV practice and surveys are yet to address HCV prevention, treatment or sero-prevalence status of DCR clients. This online survey provides a ‘snapshot’ of DCR clients’ HCV status; approaches to HCV in DCRs, and what DCRs need to expand these services.

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Drug Consumption Rooms in Europe: Orgnisational Overview 2014

This report provides an overview of the organisation and working methods of drug consumption rooms (DCRs) in Europe It offers information about the functioning of DCRs as well as on the organisation and structure of such facilities and aims to benefit various groups of stakeholders.

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Drug Consumption Rooms in The Netherlands 2018

The aim of this inventory is twofold: 1. To give an update of the current number of drug consumption rooms in the Netherlands, and 2 To provide insight into the DCRs’ main features such as opening hours, objectives and services on offer.

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Perspectives on Drugs: Drug Consumption Rooms an overview of provision and evidence, EMCCDA 2018

Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last three decades. This document provides an overviw of research, practices and operations

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Dutch Drug Consumption Rooms

An interview with Eberhard Schatz about Supervised Injection Sites in the Netherland

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Success and Challenges: 20 years of Drug Consumption Rooms in The Netherlands

A documentary produced in collaboration with MAINline, with the generous support of AIDS Fonds. Recorded and edited by Visionary Minds.

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Prospective client survey and participatory process ahead of opening a mobile drug consumption room in Lisbon

Prospective clients were surveyed to determine their willingness to use the service and preferences for use and to gain sociodemographic information. Persons over the age of 18 who reported injection drug use (PWID) were recruited using convenience sampling in the main open drug use scenes in Lisbon. In-person interviews were conducted by trained peer workers between November and December of 2017. The results (n = 72) of the questionnaires were analyzed, providing descriptive statistics.

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