Alternatives to Public Injecting
Harm Reduction Coalition invited experts from several countries to share their various SIF models, planning and policy development process, implementation challenges, and evaluation results. This report is a summary of the proceedings of the consultation.
At the risk of ‘spoilers’ here are the conclusions of the report:
- People who use SIFs take better care of themselves, reduce or eliminate their needle sharing, use their drugs more safely, and ultimately reduce their drug use;
- SIF participants gain access to other medical and social services and entry into drug treatment;
- There has not been a single overdose death in any of these programs over many years of operation and many thousands supervised of injections;
- SIFs do not increase drug use in the area, nor do they encourage young people to initiate drug use;
- Crime and public nuisance decrease in the areas around these programs.