Journal of Mental Health and Addiction Nursing

International Consensus Statement on the role of Nurses in Supervised Consumption Sites

Background and Objective
There are currently more than 150 supervised consumption sites (SCS) worldwide. These sites offer a much needed point of contact between the health care system and people who use drugs and, as such, have been proven to effectively reduce harms and improve health. SCS are typically staffed by mental health and harm reduction workers, social workers, workers with living or lived experience, and registered nurses. It has been established that the care provided by nurses within SCS fall within their legislated scope of practice but the actual role of nurses in SCS remains poorly defined and understood.

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