Impact of supervised consumption sites on local communities

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Crowdfunding campaign • Citizen-researcher project on the impact of supervised consumption sites on local communities.

A group of researchers led by Professor Carolyn Côté-Lussier at the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is launching a crowdfunding campaign to enable them to carry out a data collection project on the impact of supervised consumption sites on local communities in Montreal.

The research project aims to obtain more information on the experiences, health and well-being of residents living near supervised consumption sites (SCS) (also sometimes called supervised injection sites or overdose prevention centers) in Montreal. To date, Montreal has three fixed SCSs: CACTUS Montréal (1244 rue du Berger), Spectre de Rue (1280 rue Ontario East) and Dopamine (4205 rue Ontario East). A new site, operated by La Maison Benoît Labre, is planned for 2024 (259 rue Greene). Project funding is needed to start collecting data through focus groups and surveys to better understand the impacts on local communities.

Project funding will support direct research costs, student bursaries (to support the involvement of graduate students in data collection and analysis), and prizes for respondents to encourage broader citizen participation. All funding obtained through this campaign will be put to use in furthering this project.

We wish to underscore that donors have no say in the research objectives, the methodology, the conduct of the research or the confidential data collected as part of the project.  Donors will be invited to an event during which the results will be shared at the end of the project.

This is a collaborative project, headed by researcher Carolyn Côté-Lussier, and carried out in collaboration with several community collaborators, researchers and students from INRS, Concordia and McGill universities.

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Carolyn Côté-Lussier is an associate professor at the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique. Her areas of expertise are public perceptions and reactions to issues related to crime and safety, public policy preferences and public health. Her research involves citizen science projects, qualitative, quantitative and spatial analyses, and the development of innovative methodological approaches.

Lisa Kakinami is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and affiliated with the Department of Health, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology at Concordia University. Her research is focused on the sociobehavioural determinants of health and on improving our methodologies for assessing health and health behaviour change.

Dimitra Panagiotoglou is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. She is a health services researcher, with expertise in health services delivery and performance measurement. Her latest work evaluates the care provided to vulnerable and marginalized groups, including persons living with HIV/ AIDS, hepatitis C, mental health and substance use disorders.

Paul Rodrigues is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique. He is a geographer specializing in spatial analysis and the study of socio-environmental determinants of health.

Your support is crucial to help this research team make their project a reality. The financial goal is $7,500. The project will start in March and end in autumn 2024.

Thank you for helping to advance our understanding and improve living conditions in these local communities. We value your commitment and generosity.

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