Drug consumption rooms

Supervised injection facilities, safe injection sites, fix rooms, safer injection facilities, drug consumption facilities, medically supervised injection centers

Drug consumption rooms are places where illicit drugs can be taken under the supervision of trained staff. They have been operating in Europe for the last three decades and are increasingly being seen in other countries such as Canada and Australia.

Consumption rooms are a harm reduction initiative aimed at providing a safe and clean place for users to inject. They aim to:

  • Reduce overdose deaths.
  • Reduce the transmission of blood borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B/C.
  • Provide a chance for drug users to touch base with health care staff, social workers, and others who can help them.
  • Benefit the surrounding community by reducing drug related litter and the visibility of drug using.

Further reading:

The EMCDDA has produced an in depth study of European drug consumption rooms (2018)

Room for improvement: How drug consumption rooms save lives (PDF), 2019
A new report by Jarryd Bartle, a drug policy consultant and university lecturer, calls for Britain to introduce life-saving Drug Consumption Rooms | Adam Smith Institute, UK