The purple balloons displayed on overdose awareness day in Seattle, represent the record 332 people who died from an overdose in 2016.
OVERDOSE DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES
OVERDOSE DEATH KILLED MORE AMERICANS in 2016
THAN IN THE ENTIRE 20 YEARS OF THE VIETNAM WAR
OVERDOSE DEATH IS NOW THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
FOR PERSONS 18-65 IN AMERICA
SEATTLE, KING COUNTY SET A NEW RECORD FOR OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2016
There were 332 fatal overdoses in Seattle, King County last year.
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 who can walk alongside them and be there when they're ready to make a change. Studies have shown that participants of SCSs are more likely to enter detox and treatment services.
SCS COST LE$$
Addiction and drug use weighs heavily on society and the system. Safe consumption spaces have been proven to reduce that burden and save taxpayers 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 US, 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.
Treatment is the primary strategy of the King County Heroin and Opiate Addiction Task Force. Here's some perspective on King County's current investments in treatment compared to the proposed cost of an SCS.
SCS MAKE COMMUNITIES SAFER
Safe Consumption Spaces reduce:
There is some misinformation regarding safe consumption spaces. We encourage people to look at the wide range of research available. There is an enormous amount of 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.