ACT Health’s ACT Medically Supervised Injecting Facility Feasibility Study looks at whether a medically supervised drug consumption room (DCR) is feasible in the ACT as a harm-reduction measure for individuals who use drugs in the ACT.
The study looked at current and future drug usage patterns, risk behaviours and drug-related health problems to explore the need, effectiveness and appropriateness of establishing a DCR in the ACT.
A DCR is a space in which people can legally consume drugs under supervision. Individuals bring their own drugs, are provided with sterile injecting equipment, and are supervised to ensure a timely response to any overdose.
The study is just one step in the process of considering a DCR for the ACT. The ACT Government still needs to consider further scoping work, which will include community consultation.
The ACT Medically Supervised Injecting Facility Feasibility Study aligns with Action 18 of the ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan 2018-2021.