The permanent ordinance states: Medically Supervised Consumption Centers (MSCC) designed to provide an hygienic environment where individuals are able to consume illicit drugs intravenously or by other means are prohibited in all Land Use Districts in the City. A MSCC includes all uses established or activities undertaken for the above-defined purpose, irrespective of how the use or activity is described. A MSCC may also be referred to as a community health, engagement location, supervised injection site or facility, safe injection site, fix room, or drug consumption facility.
This study examines the cost-effectiveness of Vancouver's supervised injection site. InSite was found to decrease needle sharing which alone saves $14 million and 920 life-years over 10 years. Increased knowledge of safe injection practices and referral to methadone maintenance through InSite saves $18 million and 1175 life years over 10 years. The study also considered the health effect of increased use of safe injection practices, the incremental net savings increased to more than $20 million and the number of life-years gained to 1070.