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420 with CNW — Study Finds That Safe Drug-Consumption Sites in NYC Reduce Overdose Risks

Jul 21, 2022 | Cannabis News Wire, Media Partners

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Safe drug-consumption sites, or locations where individuals with substance misuse disorders can consume illicit drugs under medical supervision, have been a controversial idea since they were first introduced. These sites have been designed to prevent drug overdoses by ensuring that people who use illicit drugs are in a safe environment when they use drugs and can receive the treatment they need.

Unsurprisingly, the idea has faced plenty of political and legal challenges since federal law bans the use of most illicit drugs. Despite these challenges, research shows that safe consumption sites are effective at reducing the risk of overdosing.

More than six months after New York City opened the first safe consumption sites in the country, the sites have cut overdose risk, steered folks away from public drug use and provided the required health services. A study published by the American Medical Association in the “Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that trained staff at the NYC safe consumption sites intervened 125 times to reduce overdose risk and prevented deaths by administering oxygen and naloxone and providing other services.

The study, which was funded by researchers from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said that the safe consumption sites did not report a single overdose death.

The researchers drew their data from the two consumption sites in New York City. From November 2021 when the sites were opened through January 31, 2022, the harm centers served 613 people more than 5,900 times. Trained staff administered naloxone 19 times and oxygen 35 times. They also provided cooling, hydration and de-escalation for stimulant overdoses on 45 different occasions.

The study authors further wrote that emergency medical services were summoned five times with the associated individuals being transported to the emergency room five times. This study shows that there is plenty of demand for locations where addicted people can use illicit substances under medical supervision. Most importantly, it proves that safe consumption sites can prevent overdose deaths and provide people with the medical resources they need to deal with substance misuse disorders.

Self-reports from the people who used these sites showed that 74% used fentanyl or heroin and that 64% injected the illicit drugs intravenously. Some 76% of these individuals also reported using drugs in a semi-public or public place. This statistic alone could help increase support for harm-reduction centers as they seem to have the potential to prevent public drug consumption and the dumping of materials such as syringes.

It is unfortunate that the federal government maintains the prohibition of substances such as marijuana made by state-legal companies such as Prime Harvest Inc., while these substances have in some cases helped wean people off of harder drugs that can be life-threatening.

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to Prime Harvest Inc. are available in the company’s newsroom at https://cnw.fm/PRIME

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