A new study published by the American Medical Association (AMA) finds that the first sanctioned safe drug consumption sites in the United States reduced the risk of overdose, diverted people from public consumption and provided other services of health auxiliaries to people who currently use illicit substances.
The research letter, published in the AMA’s Journal of the American Medical Association, examined data from two overdose prevention centers that opened in New York at the end of last year. Over the course of two months, trained personnel at the sites responded to 125 cases to mitigate the risk of overdose, administering naloxone and oxygen and providing other services to prevent deaths.
According to the study, which was conducted by researchers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, including a former commissioner of the department, no overdose deaths were reported at the sites of safe consumption.
A total of 613 people used harm reduction centers 5,975 times collectively from November 30, 2021 to January 31, 2022. At a higher level, the study demonstrates that there is a demand for access to places where people may use illicit substances in a medically supervised environment. without fear of criminal prosecution and that the sites can save lives.
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