Overdose Prevention Centres
Overdose Prevention Centres (OPCs) have different titles around the world, in some areas they are referred to as Drug Consumption Rooms (DCR), others Safer Injection Facilities (SIF) and Enhanced Harm Reduction Sites.
What are they and what do they do?
No matter what they are named the evidence base that these centres reduce drug deaths and associated harms that come with public injecting drug use is overwhelming. An OPC is somewhere where someone who injects drugs can do so in safety and with supervision. Cities and countries across Europe and the world now offer OPCs, most recently a site opened in New York and within weeks it reported scores of overdoses had been reversed and ultimately lives saved.
What are we calling for?
We are advocating but also doing. In January 2022, we presented a fully costed model to the Scottish Government to deliver our Cranstoun OPC model in Scotland.
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Cranstoun have long supported this intervention. Cranstoun also welcomed Peter Krykant, Peter operated the first UK based OPC, located in Glasgow, and although this was an unsanctioned service it operated for ten months, supervising hundreds of injections and saving multiple lives. This only added to the international evidence base, no deaths have been recorded to date in any facility and the knock on impacts of these sites are beneficial to society as a whole.
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The Crime Survey for England and Wales showed that 1.6 million women and 757,000 men had experienced domestic abuse between March 2019 and March 2020, with a 7% growth in police recorded domestic abuse crimes.
Although there is limited official data so far on the impact of lockdown on domestic abuse, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report that in mid-May 2020, there was a 12% increase in the number of domestic abuse cases referred to victim support. Between April and June 2020, there was a 65% increase in calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, when compared to the first three months of that year.
(Taken from this government report.)
These statistics are extremely concerning. It’s so important that we support, protect and empower change for those facing domestic abuse in our communities. With your help, Cranstoun can connect with more people in danger, protect more families from future abuse and educate and transform the perceptions and behaviours of those displaying violent and abusive behaviour.
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