Dashboard: Supervised consumption sites

  • Last updated: 2023-11-15

Data on supervised consumption sites (SCS) in Canada, including the number of visits, client demographics, client safety, drugs used and overdoses.

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Overview

Supervised consumption sites (SCS) provide a safe, clean space for people to bring their own drugs to use in the presence of trained staff. This prevents accidental overdoses and reduces the spread of infectious diseases, such as HIV.

Every SCS in Canada reports its data to Health Canada each month, and that data is summarized in this dashboard. The dashboard provides a snapshot of the most recent information on SCS clients and services, including:

These pages were last updated on {Date}. This update includes data from all SCS operating at any point between March 2020 and {Date2}.

Map of supervised consumption sites

Each SCS is represented by a black dot on the map. Zoom, hover over or select a site to view information about that site.

Notes
  • Suppressed – Data suppressed in provinces or territories with low numbers of cases (<10) in order to comply with confidentiality rules.
  • Not available (N/A) – Data were not available at the time of this publication.
Map: Text description
Site City Province or Territory Total visits Unique clients Non-fatal overdoses Number of referrals Last report date

Overdoses

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  • Please refer to the definitions of indicators for definitions of terms.
  • There were {41,538} overdoses at supervised consumption sites. None of them were fatal.
  • {10,865} overdoses at SCS required the use of naloxone.

Figure 1: Total non-fatal overdoses and overdoses requiring naloxone use between March 2020 and {Date2} Access and download the data in .csv format

Figure 1 - Text description
Total non-fatal overdoses and overdoses requiring naloxone use between March 2020 and {Date2}
Reporting month Non-fatal overdoses Overdoses requiring naloxone

Number of visits and clients

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  • Please refer to the definitions of indicators for more details.
  • {237,906} unique clients (different people) visited an SCS during the reporting period.
  • {1,658,116} total visits were recorded across all SCS, averaging {53,488} visits per month.
  • On average, there were {48} visits per day per site, ranging from {0} to {412} visits per day per site.
  • On average, there were {30} new clients per month per site, ranging from {0} to {474} new clients per month per site.

The following figure shows the number of total visits and unique clients across all SCS between March 2020 and {Date2}. Hover over or select a portion of the line graph to see the number of total visits or unique clients in each month.

Figure 2: between March 2020 and {Date2} Access and download the data in .csv format

Figure 2 - Text description
Total visits and unique clients between March 2020 and {Date2}
Reporting month Number of visits Number of unique clients

Personal characteristics of clients

The following graphs show SCS clients by age group and gender. Hover over or select a bar to view the data.

Most clients identify as {male}. For all genders combined, the most common age group was {30-39}.

Figure 3: Gender and age distributions between March 2020 and {Date2}

Gender distribution of SCS clients.

Figure 3 – Gender – Text description
Gender distribution of SCS clients
Gender Percentage

Age distribution of SCS clients

Figure 3 – Age – Text description
Age distribution of SCS clients
Age group Percentage

Drugs used

This bar chart shows which drugs were most frequently used by clients during their visits to an SCS between March 2020 and {Date2}. {Fentanyl} is the most commonly used drug at supervised consumption sites.

Figure 4: Distribution of drugs used for all visits between March 2020 and {Date2} Access and download the data in .csv format

Figure 4 - Text description
Distribution of drugs used for all visits between March 2020 and {Date2}
Type of drug Percentage

Figure 5 shows the number of drug uses overall and by specific drug at SCS between March 2020 and {Date2} Select a drug from the dropdown menu. Hover over or select a portion of the line graph to see drug uses overall or by drug type in each month.

Figure 5: Number of uses between March 2020 and {Date2} Access and download the data in .csv format

Figure 5 - Text description
Number of drug uses between March 2020 and {Date2}
Reporting month Number of uses

Calls for help and service referrals

Calls for help

{2,307}

Calls to emergency medical services (EMS)

{2,336}

Calls for other medical emergencies

{464}

Law enforcement calls

Services and referrals

{481,123}

Services within the site

{41,271}

Services offsite

{82,610}

Services onsite

About these tiles
  • Please refer to the definitions of indicators for definitions of terms.
  • {2,307} calls were made from SCS to emergency medical services (EMS).
  • {2,336} calls were made for other medical emergencies.
  • {464} calls were made to law enforcement for police services.
  • {481,123} services and referrals were provided within the SCS space.
  • {41,271} services and referrals offsite (in a different building or location than the SCS space).
  • {82,610} services and referrals were provided onsite, but not in the SCS space.

Reporting SCS per month

The table below shows the number of reporting sites contributing data to each reporting month.

Figure 6: Number of sites reporting per month Access and download the data in .csv format

Figure 6 - Text description
Number of sites reporting per month
Reporting month Reporting sites

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