Safer Consumption Spaces

In the midst of fatal opioid overdose and hepatitis C crises in New York, we urge our elected officials to pass the Safe Consumption Services Act (A8534) to authorize the establishment of safer consumption spaces (SCSs).

SCSs are places where people can use pre-obtained drugs in a controlled environment with the support of staff trained to help them to make drug use safer and to provide health care services, counseling, and referrals to health and social services, including drug treatment.

Download the fact sheet about the Safer Consumption Spaces Act (A8534)

Frequently Asked Questions about the Safer Consumption Spaces Act

 

A body of international research shows the promising effects of safer consumption spaces

Internationally, there are more than 100 SCSs (also called supervised injection facilities or drug consumption rooms) in 66 cities across the world. SCSs’ well-established public health and social justice benefits have led states and localities to seek legal authorization to establish sites across the United States.

 

Safer Consumption Spaces are effective at:

 

Safer Consumption Spaces have NOT led to:

 

SCSs do not exist in the United States yet, but there is interest and progress:

 

Expert and editorial support for SCSs can be found in reputable publications that include: