THE MYTH:

Safe consumption spaces will increase public disorder in their surrounding communities.

THE FACT:

Safe consumption spaces reduce public drug use and discarded syringes in communities surrounding SCSs and increases public safety. Read some studies here and here.


THE MYTH:

Safe consumption spaces encourage drug use.

THE FACT:

Studies have shown that safe consumption spaces do not encourage drug use.  In fact they encourage treatment. Read some studies herehere and another one here.


The MYTH:

Safe consumption spaces cost too much.

The FACT:

Safe consumption spaces save tax payers money:

Read the cost benefit analysis for Vancouver's InSite here.

Read the cost benefit analysis for a proposed site in Baltimore here.

Read the cost benefit analysis for a proposed site in San Francisco here.

Below is a chart indicating the current cost in King County for treatment and recovery services and the estimated cost of the proposed SCS:

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THE MYTH:

The studies are flawed.

THE FACT:

Studies and articles written abut the benefits of safe consumption spaces are peer-reviewed, meaning these articles are written by experts and are reviewed by several other experts in the field before the article is published in the journal in order to insure the article's quality.

Reports written against safe consumption spaces are heavily flawed, not peer-reviewed and often funded by those ideologically opposed to safe consumption spaces. You can read an article about it here.


THE MYTH:

Vancouver's overdose death rates have risen.

THE FACT:

InSite is still saving lives. There has been a tragic increase in Vancouver's overdose death rates recently due to Fentanyl. All of these deaths have occurred outside of InSite and despite an increase in overdose interventions at InSite there has still been zero deaths.

To address the opioid epidemic in Canada and due to the proven success of InSite, there have now been several more safe consumption spaces opened in Vancouver and across Canada.


THE MYTH:

Supervised consumption spaces make it easier for people to get drugs

THE FACT:

Safe consumption spaces do not provide illegal drugs to users or promote drug use in any way. An SCS is a safe and clean place for people to use the drugs they have in the presence of a trained health-care provider.

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