Whether you are a policy-maker, a healthcare administrator, a heathcare provider, a family member or a patient, you can make a difference!

We often hear that we must find the right balance between relieving pain and reducing opioid side effects. But the evidence shows us that opioids are not very effective at relieving pain and the side effects are devastating. 

In fact, we can relieve pain better by prescribing fewer opioids. 

Graphic from:

Opioids for chronic noncancer pain: A position paper of the American Academy of Neurology.

Franklin, Gary;  MD, MPH

Neurology. 83(14):1277-1284, September 30, 2014. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000839

The answer to the opioid epidemic lies in two primary goals: 

  1. Reduce the number of opioids prescribed so we can prevent addiction.

  2. Make treatment of Opioid Use Disorder widely available and affordable so we can treat those already addicted. 

Safe injection sites: These may also be called  safe consumption sites. Evidence shows that:

  • There is reduced drug use by those who attend an SCS.

  • There are fewer overdose deaths in the region around an SCS. 

  • More people get into treatment for their addiction if the attend an SCS.

  • SCSs reduce HIV and Hep C.

  • SCSs save money

  • There is less crime in the areas around an SCS.

For more information, click on the SCS policy brief button to the right.