The purple balloons displayed on overdose awareness day in Seattle, represent the record 332 people who died from an overdose in 2016. 

Here’s the bottom line. There’s a hard-to-refute premise that you can’t get better if you’re dead. You can’t get better if you’re dead.”
— Jeannie Darneille | Washington State Senator

 

OVERDOSE DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES 

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

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

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I’m here to tell you the war on drugs hasn’t worked. I was a foot soldier in it so I have a little bit of experience and I know that it’s been a failure. It’s been an abject failure, actually, so we have to try something different.”
— John Urquhart | King County Sheriff

SEATTLE, KING COUNTY SET A NEW RECORD FOR OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2016

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There were 332 fatal overdoses in Seattle, King County last year. 


Opioid addiction is killing people in our community, sparing no age, race, sexual identity, income level or neighborhood.”
— Dow Constantine | King County Executive

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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 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. 


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

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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.

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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.

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The criminal justice system is the most expensive and least effective way to address what is fundamentally a public health problem. Safe consumption spaces save tax payer dollars by preventing unnecessary public health harms to individuals struggling with substance use disorder, but also by not utilizing courts, judges, and jails to address outdoor drug use. SCSs are a meaningful way to help us as a society shift away from our over-reliance on the criminal justice system and instead apply a public health approach to a public health problem.”
— Anita Khandelwal | Department of Public Defense

SCS MAKE COMMUNITIES SAFER

Safe Consumption Spaces reduce: 

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EVIDENCE-BASED

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.