Safe Drug Consumption Sites Decrease Overdose Risk And Prevent Public Use, Study Of First Sanctioned Centers In NYC Finds

Safe Drug Consumption Sites Decrease Overdose Risk And Prevent Public Use, Study Of First Sanctioned Centers In NYC Finds
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A new study published by the American Medical Association (AMA) finds that the first sanctioned safe consumption drug sites in the U.S. have decreased overdose risk, steered people away from using in public and provided other ancillary health services to people who use currently illicit substances. The research letter, published in AMA’s Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at data from two overdose prevention centers that opened in New York City late last year. Over the course of two months, trained staff at the sites intervened in 125 instances to mitigate overdose risk, administering naloxone and oxygen and providing other services to prevent deaths. There wasn’t a single overdose death reported at the safe consumption sites, according to the study, which was conducted by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene researchers, including  a former commissioner of the department. A total of 613 people utilized the harm reduction centers 5,975 times collectively from November 30, 2021 to January 31, 2022. At a top level, the study demonstrates that there’s demand for access to places where people can use illicit substances in a medically supervised environment without fear of criminal prosecution—and that the sites can save lives. There have been studies on the impact of safe consumption sites in other countries, as well as underground facilities in the U.S., but this represents the first analysis of U.S. sites that are “publicly recognized” and sanctioned by a local government. Today in @JAMANetworkOpen, we report the first peer-reviewed data from the first publicly-recognized overdose prevention centers in the U.S., operated by OnPoint NYC. https://t.co/8GT5tHkYRZ pic.twitter.com/mYCR6mIFNm — Dave A. Chokshi, MD (@davechokshi) July 15, 2022 An analysis of self-reports showed that most people who visited the facilities used heroin or fentanyl (74 percent), and most injected the drugs intravenously (65 percent). Among those…

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