Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Project Seen: Safe Consumption Spaces for Injection Drug Use
by Blount, Christina Marie, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 62; 13857900
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to write a grant to open a safe consumption space for people who inject drugs (PWIDs) in Sonoma County, California. This would be a location where users could inject pre-obtained illicit substances under the supervision of staff trained to respond to overdoses. An extensive literature review showed that this program has the potential to reduce syringe litter and public injection, and increase referrals to treatment.

The goals of this program include reducing accidental overdose and syringe litter in public places, as well as enhancing the well-being of PWIDs. A potential funder was chosen whose mission is to provide service to underserved populations, especially in the areas of HIV prevention and treatment.

Outcomes will be evaluated by tracking overdose rates before and after program implementation, as well as through self-report by PWIDs and monthly visual assessments of syringe litter. Actual submission of the grant was not a requirement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
Commitee: Mayers Pasztor, Eileen, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Clinical psychology, Public health
Keywords: Harm reduction, Injection drug users, Opioid addiction, Safe consumption space, Safe injection facility, Syringe exchange program
Publication Number: 13857900
ISBN: 9781085561747
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