Jo-Anne Stoltz, Evan Wood, Will Small, Kathy Li, Mark Tyndall, Julio Montaner, Thomas Kerr, 2007. Montaner, Evan Wood, 2007 Addictive Behaviors Limiting Hepatitis C Infection The SIF has attracted injection drug users with a high burden of HCV infection and a substantial proportion of uninfected individuals. Changes in injecting practices associated with the use of a medically supervised safer injection facility. Although crosssectional, this study provides some insight into historical risks for HCV infection among this population, and prospective follow-up of this cohort will be useful to determine if use of the SIF is associated with reduced risk behaviour and HCV incidence.
Rate of detoxification service use and its impact among a cohort of supervised injecting facility users Society for the Study of Addiction Attendance and Detoxification Reports that weekly use of In Site and any contact with the facility's addictions counselor were both independently associated with more quicker entry into a detoxification program. In Site appears to have improved public order and reduced syringe sharing. British Medical Journal 30-2 Culture Change Case Study Highlights the ideas, processes and historical events that contributed to a cultural transformation that was critical to opening the In Site in Vancouver. International Journal of Drug Policy -82 Attendance, drug use patterns, and referrals Reports that In Site has successfully been integrated into the community, has attracted a wide cross section of community injection drug users, has intervened in overdoses and initiated over 2000 referrals to counseling and other support services.
New England Journal of Medicine 312-4 Syringe Sharing Reports that In Site appears to have reduced syringe sharing. Lancet 36-8 Impact on Drug-Use Patterns Reports that the opening of In Site did not adversely affect community drug use, including relapse into injected drug use, stopping injected drug use, and seeking treatment. Impact of a Medically Supervised Safer Injection Facility on Community Drug Use Patterns: A Before and After Study. The establishment of North America's first state sanctioned supervised injection facility: a case study in culture change. The study indentified mechanisms through which integrated supervised injection programs may better facilitate access to comprehensive care for HIV-positive injection drug users.
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Harm reduction programming essential to reducing spread of disease in Canadian Penal System This study found that incarceration and injecting while incarcerated were independently associated with syringe sharing and highlights the need to expand appropriate harm-reduction measures in Canada's prisons.
Kerr 2008 Employment among users of a medically supervised safer injection facility.
The author argues that policy makers must rely on evidence-based research when drafting policy, all of which supports a harm reduction model to drug policy. The authors make the case that the ongoing harms associated with drug dependency warrant a global 'scale-up' of evidence-based public health initiatives such as supervised injection facilities. Additionally, participants reported feeling safe, secure and empowered to ask questions and seek assistance.