Health Research and Policy

Research in Progress Seminar (RIP)

Date: February 26, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: CHP/PCOR Conference Room
117 Encina Commons
Speaker: Ahmed Bayoumi
Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto
Title: Supervised Injection Facilities in Ontario, Canada: Evidence, Models, and Policies


A supervised consumption facility is a legally sanctioned facility where people consume illicit drugs under the supervision of trained staff with the goals of reducing drug-related harms. Such facilities exist throughout Europe, in Australia, and in Vancouver. Supervised injection facilities have been at the center of an ongoing vigorous policy debate in Canada. As part of a mixed method study to evaluate the need for, and feasibility of, supervised injection sites in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada, we used survey data, administrative health data, mapping methods, and epidemiological modeling to predict the potential costs and benefits of having one or more facilities in each city. The first part of this seminar will review the background of the policy debate and our approach to generating useful evidence. The second part will review the model structure, input parameters, and results. The third part will discuss how our results, and other findings from our study, were received and used as part of the ongoing debate. In particular, I will describe how opposing viewpoints regarding supervised injection have used evidence to bolster their arguments, the type of evidence that stakeholders use, and how perspectives differ among stakeholders (academics, public health practitioners, community members, and decision makers) .

Please note: All research in progress seminars are off-the-record. Any information about methodology/press release and/or results are embargoed until publication.
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