The case for safer injection facilities

September 27, 2004

The Authors of a new study in CMAJ report fewer publicly-discarded syringes and less public injection drug use in one Vancouver area one-year after the city opened North America 's first medically supervised safer injecting facility for illicit injection drug users (IDUs).

Wood and colleagues measured the impact of the clinic's opening by measuring injection-related public order problems during the 6 weeks before and the 12 weeks after the opening of the safer-injection facility in Vancouver . The authors used public order problems such as the number of drug users injecting in public, publicly discarded syringes and injection-related litter as indicators of the relative success or failure of the safer injection facility.

The authors state their findings of significant reductions in public injection drug use, publicly discarded syringes and injection-related litter after the opening of the facility are not surprising given that feasibility studies showed IDUs who inject in public would be the most likely to use safer injecting facilities. Some five hundred IDUs began using the facility daily after it opened.

Even though there are similar safe injection facilities in Sydney , Australia and several European cities have safer injection facilities, this marks the first published standardized evaluation of their success.
p. 731 Changes in public order after the opening of a medically supervised safer injecting facility for illicit injection drug users
-- E. Wood et al

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Related Success Articles from Brightsurf:

Social networks can support academic success
Social networks have been found to influence academic performance: students tend to perform better with high-performers among their friends, as some people are capable of inspiring others to try harder, according to Sofia Dokuka, Dilara Valeyeva and Maria Yudkevich of the HSE University.

Mothers ensure their offspring's success through epigenetics
Parents pass genes along to their offspring which equip them for their future life.

Improving success of giraffe translocations
In two new studies, an international team of researchers identifies the ideal composition of a group of giraffes to be translocated for conservation purposes and provides guidelines for all aspects of the translocation process.

Impact of postdilation on intervention success and MACE
In a new publication from Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications; DOI, the authors consider the impact of postdilation on intervention success and long-term major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) among patients with acute coronary syndromes.

Predicting immunotherapy success
Weizmann Institute of Science researchers have now identified new markers that can help predict which patients have a better chance for a positive response to immunotherapy treatments.

Good connections key to startup success
The future potential of early stage startups can be assessed by their existing professional relationships, research led by a team at Queen Mary University of London suggests.

What factors predict success?
Characteristics beyond intelligence can factor into someone's ability to succeed, according to research from Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania.

Odds of success
The more a student engages with various activities on campus, the higher their odds of success post-graduation.

'Pedigree is not destiny' when it comes to scholarly success
A new analysis of academic productivity finds researchers' current working environments better predict their future success than the prestige of their doctoral training.

The success of an environmental charge
In October 2015, England introduced a charge for single-use plastic bags in supermarkets.

Read More: Success News and Success Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to