Research and evaluation from existing SDCFs has found consistent evidence of effectiveness of these facilities in reducing harms associated with drug use.
These evaluations show that these facilities –
- Contribute to lower rates of fatal overdoses
- Reduce rates of infection transmission
- Reduce levels of public drug consumption and publically discarded drug-related litter
In addition these evaluations demonstrate that:
- Those who are homeless or who are without a fixed address are more likely to use a SDCF.
- SDCFs have been used to provide people who use drugs with education on safer drug use.
- SDCFs provide access to medical services or other referrals to health and social care services.
- Ambulance call-outs for overdoses are generally reduced in the vicinity of a SDCF.
- Crime rates to not increase in areas where SDCFs operate.
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