Design considerations for supervised consumption facilities (SCFs): Preferences for facilities where people can inject and smoke drugs

Tara Marie Watson, Carol Strike, Gillian Kolla, Rebecca Penn, Jennifer Jairam, Shaun Hopkins, Janine Luce, Naushaba Degani, Peggy Millson, Ahmed Bayoumi (2013)

BACKGROUND: Supervised consumption facilities (SCFs) aim to improve the health and well-being of people who use drugs by offering safer and more hygienic alternatives to the risk environments where people typically use drugs in the community. People who smoke crack cocaine may be willing to use supervised smoking facilities (SSFs), but their facility design preferences and the views of other stakeholders have not been previously investigated in detail.
METHODS: We consulted with people who use drugs and other stakeholders including police, fire and ambulance service personnel, other city employees and city officials, healthcare providers, residents, and business owners (N = 236) in two Canadian cities without SCFs and asked how facilities ought to be designed. All consultations were audio-recorded and transcribed. Thematic analyses were used to describe the knowledge and opinions of stakeholders.
RESULTS: People who use drugs see SSFs as offering public health and safety benefits, while other stakeholders were more sceptical about the need for SSFs. People who use drugs provided insights into how a facility might be designed to accommodate supervised injection and supervised smoking. Their strongest preference would allow both methods of drug use within the same facility with some form of physical separation between the two based on different highs, comfort regarding exposure to different methods of drug administration, and concerns about behaviours often associated with smoking crack cocaine. Other stakeholders raised a number of SSF implementation challenges worthy of consideration.
CONCLUSION: Decision-makers in cities considering SCF or SSF implementation should consider the opinions and preferences of potential clients to ensure that facilities will attract, retain, and engage people who use drugs.

Design considerations for supervised consumption facilities (SCFs): Preferences for facilities where people can inject and smoke drugs

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