Methods: Bio-behavioural survey, of 1469 current PWID (injected in last 6 months) across Scotland during 2017-18. Willingness to use DCRs was examined by drug-related risk behaviours and harms, and stratified by Glasgow city centre (n=219), other Scottish city centres (n=226) and the rest of Scotland (n=1024).
Results: The majority of PWID overall in Scotland (75%) were willing to use a DCR; willingness was higher among those recruited in Glasgow city centre (83%) and other Scottish city centres (83%), compared to the rest of Scotland (74%) (p<0.001). Willingness was greater among PWID who reported (compared to those who did not report) injecting heroin (76%, p=0.002), cocaine injecting (79%, p=0.014), homelessness (86%, p<0.001), public injecting (87%, p<0.001) and an overdose (80%, p=0.026). Willingness was found to be associated with a cumulative multiple risk variable: increased from 66% among those with a score of zero to 85% with a score of at least three (p<0.001).
Conclusions: The vast majority of PWID at greatest risk of drug-related harm in Glasgow and elsewhere in Scotland would be willing to use a DCR, supporting proposals for the introduction of DCRs nationally.
- drug consumption rooms
- supervised injection facilities
- harm reduction
- people who inject drugs