The Alberta (Canada) government commissioned and released an exhaustive report on supervised consumption services (SCS) sites and their community impact. SCS have been operating in Alberta for many years now, but their community impact had not been fully understood, nor considered when crafting injection site rules and regulations.
Many of the findings included in the study parallel the experience of East Harlem and Washington Heights residents who live proximate to the US's only two injection sites.
Alberta's Supervised Consumption Services Review Committee that drafted the report listened to more than 19,000 people and heard concerns regarding how these sites are impacting homes, businesses and neighborhoods.
The final report contains the committee’s findings regarding needle debris, social disorder, public safety and other concerns. The committee found serious problems with supervised consumption services as they are currently being operated, and provided thoughtful considerations for improving services and community safety, while building a comprehensive recovery-oriented system of care that offers the greatest chance to lift vulnerable Albertans with addiction out of their current plight.