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Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Education
Supervised Injection Facilities (SIF) are a proposed public health intervention for improving access to medical care, decreasing comorbidities related to drug use and overdose related deaths, as well as changing drug use patterns. SIF are medically staffed clinics where drug users may bring and consume their own illicit drugs. Medical staff are available to intervene and stabilize patients in cases of overdose, but can also instruct patients on safe venous access, provide access to clean needles, give prescriptions for narcan, and provide symptomatic treatment for withdrawal symptoms. Some clinics are also beginning to offer counseling and psychiatric services as well as providing resources connecting patients to rehabilitation facilities and suboxone and methadone clinics. These clinic models have been implemented in various locations in North America, Europe, and Australia.
Dorsey, Kirsten, "Supervised injection facilities and harm prevention in recreational drug users" (2020). Physician's Assistant Program Capstones. 54.