The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) recently released a 14-page report on the decriminalization of drugs.
The report points to a large body of evidence illustrating the efficacy of safe consumption sites in achieving a number of health and social objectives. That’s especially true when clients are offered access to integrated health and social services, including primary care, treatment and housing.
The report points to these outcomes as a result of safe consumption sites:
- decreased fatal overdoses;
- increased contact with health and social services, including substance use treatment services among marginalized clientele;
- decreased drug-related litter;
- decreased high-risk injection practices (e.g. re-using or sharing injection equipment);
- decreased injections in public.
All this is good. But then the report reverts to a focus that’s unnecessary alarmist and overtly self-serving.