Supervised Consumption Services Study

We want to hear from you!

Substance misuse impacts everyone. The Community Drug Strategy (CDS) launched the Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study (SCS-NAFS) to explore if supervised consumption services could help address some of the drug issues in Greater Sudbury. The SCS-NAFS is anticipated to be complete by the spring of 2020. At that time, the CDS will share the findings with our community and make decisions about next steps.

Community online survey

The online community survey is now closed. We would like to thank residents of Greater Sudbury for their participation in the Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study and for taking the time to answer the survey.

In-person interviews with people who inject drugs

This portion of the study is now closed. The research team has concluded all in-person interviews with people who inject drugs.

Focus groups

Over the next few weeks, we will conduct focus groups as part of the Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study. Participants in the focus groups will draw from service providers, local businesses/organizations impacted by substance use, and family and friends of people who use drugs. Additional updates will be posted to the website as the study progresses.

Supervised Consumption Services Study Research Team

Dr. Patrick Oghene, lead-investigator

Qualitative Researcher with a background in Psycho-social Counselling for patients with a history of trauma and substance use

Ms. Kristen Morin, co-investigator

Quantitative researcher with a background in mental health and addictions

Dr. Joe Eibl, co-investigator

Assistant Professor in the School for Rural and Northern Health, Laurentian University

Dr. David Marsh, senior investigator

Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine

What are supervised consumption services?

These are spaces where people can use drugs under supervision of trained staff in a clean, safe and non-judgmental environment. People are provided with safer drug use equipment and can also receive medical care and referrals to other health and social services.

This study will help us to understand the current needs of people who use drugs, the needs of our community, as well as the impact of drug use in our community. Given the rise in opioid-related overdoses, supervised consumption services have been shown to reduce overdoses, infections, and deaths related to drug use. Learn more.

This item was last modified on September 25, 2019