OVERDOSE DEATH KILLED MORE AMERICANS in 2016
THAN IN THE ENTIRE 20 YEARS OF THE VIETNAM WAR
OVERDOSE DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES
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. 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.
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 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.
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 by reducing:
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.