Supervised consumption services (SCS) are health facilities where people consume drugs and are monitored by staff who provide education on harm reduction and provide emergency medical care for overdose. SCS also distribute sterile drug use equipment and can act as a pathway to other health services. SCS are authorized by federal or provincial authorities, which protects staff and participants from being charged with possession of illegal drugs while on site.
More information can be found at whyscs.ca
The guideline was developed as part of a CIHR-funded implementation science program and is designed to address some of the current impediments to the scale-up and sustainability of SCS in Canada by synthesizing and disseminating existing knowledge, and generating new research evidence. The guideline is intended to assist communities in their efforts to plan, design, secure support for, and implement SCS.