OVERDOSE DEATH KILLED MORE AMERICANS in 2016
THAN IN THE ENTIRE 20 YEARS OF THE VIETNAM WAR

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OVERDOSE DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES 

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OVERDOSE DEATH IS NOW THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
FOR PERSONS 18-65 IN AMERICA

 

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Across the street from my home, I saw a young woman searching for a vein. If we have not safe consumption sites, who then will wait beside her and make sure her lungs keep breathing? Who then will show her the path to recovery? Who then will tell her she is loved? As long as there is breath, there is hope.”
— Lauren Davis | Director of the King County Recovery Coalition

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SCS OFFER A DOORWAY INTO RECOVERY

Relationship and community are central to recovery. Safe consumption spaces allow people who inject drugs to build trusted relationships with providers and community health workers in a stigma-free environment. Through SCSs, care providers can walk alongside people who inject drugs and be there when they're ready to make a change. Studies have shown participants of SCSs are more likely to enter detox and treatment services. 


The published evidence on SCSs is clear that they reach some of the most marginalized people who have difficulty accessing care, and that people who use the facilities more frequently are actually more likely to engage in future addiction treatment.”
— Dr. David Sapienza | Primary care and addiction medicine physician

SCS COST LE$$

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Addiction and drug use weighs heavily on society and the system. Safe consumption spaces have been proven to reduce that burden and save tax payers money.

Vancouver’s safe injection site saves tax payers 6 million dollars a year based on a cost-benefit analysis funded by the Conservative Government of Canada.

In the United States, separate studies projected saving tax payers 3.5 million dollars a year in San Francisco and 6 million dollars a year in Baltimore by having safe consumption spaces in each city.

 
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SCS MAKE COMMUNITIES SAFER by reducing:

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EVIDENCE-BASED

We encourage people to look at the wide range of research available. There are numerous studies and articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, such as the Lancet, British Medical Journal and New England Journal of Medicine, describing the many benefits of safe consumption spaces. You can view some of them here.