Produced in collaboration with Colorado Fiscal Institute, Law Enforcement Action Partnership and Harm Reduction Action Center, this report marshals the best available data from Denver and from existing facilities in Canada and Europe to analyze the cost effectiveness of a prospective supervised use site in Denver.
Facilities providing supervised consumption services (SCS) are legally sanctioned to allow people to consume pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of trained staff while providing access to sterile equipment, health care, counseling, and referrals to medical and social services, including drug treatment. Such facilities are also referred to as supervised use sites (SUS), the terminology adopted most commonly in Denver, as well as overdose prevention centers, safe or supervised injection facilities (SIFs) and drug consumptions rooms (DCRs).
Report findings include:
There are approximately 120 SCS facilities currently operating in twelve countries around the world including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland. Over 100 evidence-based, peer-reviewed studies have consistently proven the positive impacts of supervised consumption services, including increasing entry into substance use disorder treatment, reducing public disorder and public injecting, reducing HIV and Hepatitis C risk behavior, and saving costs due to a reduction in disease, overdose deaths, and need for emergency medical services.