Sr. Moderator: DP&MC, N&PD
- Aug 16, 2019
- a wooded hollow
I think the main benefit of the safe injection sites (or overdose prevention center as they are now calling them here in the US) is more so that people can be immediately administered naloxone.I find myself questioning the importance and validity of safe injection sites a lot of the time. They've certainly helped me connect with doctors to get onto opioid maintenance therapy. But I think my interest in doing this legitimate is the exception rather than the rule. Most people just flip their pills. In fact I flipped about half of mine (because they didn't do anything with a fent tolerance) but the doctors are a saving grace for helping someone get their foot in the door with non-judgmental maintenance therapy to at least straighten their life out.
The access to other resources is wonderful and should absolutely be encouraged. But like you said, many people simply can’t be bothered.
I think that aspect of the sites is emphasized simply because it can help win over some of the more agnostic types. But I’m really not sure how effective they are with facilitating a transition away from street drugs
But NYC’s center has reversed I think around 300 overdoses so far, well above their initial projections. So to me that means they are worth it.