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  • Briefing Paper – Drug consumption rooms: Evidence and practice

    Posted on July 2nd, 2012 TimB No comments

    For the past 10 to 20 years, drug consumption rooms (DCRs) have become an integrated part of the drug treatment and harm reduction strategy in a variety of countries in Western Europe, North America and Australia. However, they have not yet been established in the majority of countries worldwide.

    This briefing paper provides a short summary of the background, history and objectives of DCRs, and analyses available evidence regarding their impact. The second part of the briefing paper consists of an overview of the various DCRs in different countries, with a particular focus on the concepts used to develop these facilities with regard to the local political, cultural and social situation of each country.

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  • Interview with one of the authors from the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment Study

    Posted on April 27th, 2012 TimB No comments

    This is a interview with Carol Strike one of the principle authors of the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment Study which was released in April 2012. The interview focuses on the  six key points  of the report highlighting the different issues faced in Toronta and Ottawa, and  also responds to some of the critics of the report

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  • Insite Vancouver supervised injecting facility

    Posted on April 16th, 2012 TimB No comments

    Health officials and residents of the Vancouver DTES talk about the InSite supervised injection facility and it’s impact on the community.

  • Full report of the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment Study, 2012 APRIL 11,

    Posted on April 11th, 2012 TimB No comments

    Do Toronto and Ottawa need supervised consumption facilities? Is the implementation of supervised consumption facilities in Toronto or Ottawa feasible? To answer these questions, we conducted the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment (TOSCA) a scientific study involving the collection and analysis of data from a variety of sources. TOSCA focuses on the cities of Toronto and Ottawa since they account for approximately half of all people who inject drugs in Ontario. Toronto has the province’s largest number of people who use drugs but, unlike Vancouver, drug use is not as heavily concentrated in one area. Toronto also has relatively low HIV prevalence rates among people who inject drugs. In contrast, Ottawa has the highest new rate of HIV infections amongst people who inject drugs in Ontario.

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    Listen to the interview from one of the reports authors which discusses the report and responds to some of the critics of the report

  • Supervised Injecting Facilities Do they Work ?

    Posted on February 8th, 2012 TimB No comments

    The Burnet Institute continues to research the feasibility of a North Richmond equivalent to Sydney’s Kings Cross facilities.It’s just over a decade since supervised injecting facilities were last seriously considered (and then rejected) as an option for Victoria. But the debate – and, more significantly, the evidence – has moved on from the days of the Bracks government. A considered and dispassionate review of this harm-reduction option is now the way forward.

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  • Drug Consumption Rooms for the UK?

    Posted on November 24th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Neil Hunt gives a comprehensive and masterly presentation at the HIT Hot Topics seminar in Liverpool on the 17th November 2011. Neil includes an overview of the issues and history around Drug Consumption Rooms in the UK and goes on to present a thorough and compelling case for piloting them here.

  • Practical issues in managing drug consumption rooms

    Posted on November 8th, 2011 TimB No comments

  • Rich man opens his own drug injection Disputed construction magnate will open Denmark’s first privately run drug injection in Vesterbro in Copenhagen

    Posted on January 24th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The controversial tycoon Donald Moesgaard’m so tired of the massive problems drug problems in Vesterbro that he and a group of local enthusiasts is in full swing to open Denmark’s first privately owned injection rooms exclusively staffed by volunteers.

    Surely it should really be the politicians who put something in place, but they have no balls to. There’s no votes in helping drug addicts, he says.

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  • Downtown needle exchange Cactus Montreal says it will open a safe injection site next year, with or without provincial approval

    Posted on December 10th, 2010 TimB No comments

    If a Montreal needle exchange has its way, Quebec will soon become the second Canadian province to offer a safe-injection site—whether the provincial government wants it or not.

    Cactus Montreal, a downtown needle exchange site, announced last week that it will offer IV drug users space to inject drugs under medical supervision at their office on Ste-Catherine E. and Sanguinet. Their goal is to reduce HIV and hepatitis C infection and prevent accidental overdose deaths.

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  • Safe injection sites will open with or without permission

    Posted on December 2nd, 2010 TimB No comments

    Addiction support groups are preparing to open safe-injection sites for drug addicts in Montreal and Quebec City next June, even if the province doesn’t approve them.

    The legality of Canada’s only safe-injection site in Vancouver will be tested by the Supreme Court of Canada next spring and Quebec’s health minister has said he will wait for the decision before taking a position on the issue.

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