Intravenous drug injection sites such as Vancouver’s Insite are cost-effective, study shows

A new Canadian study about supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users concludes that they are cost-effective to the health care system — an argument that is likely to be advanced as several Canadian cities takes steps to open facilities like Vancouver’s long-running Insite.

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto carried out an analysis that compared the projected costs of maintaining supervised injection sites over a period of 20 years with the potential savings to the health system in averted HIV and hepatitis C infections. The researchers’ estimates were conservative, as they did not include other infections associated with intravenous drug use and the costs involved in treating and hospitalizing patients suffering from overdoses.

Still, despite their conservative approach, the researchers found that one facility in Toronto would incur $33.1 million in direct operating expenses over 20 years, but save $42.7 million in health care costs because of an anticipated reduction in HIV and hepatitis C infections. This represented a net savings of $9.6 million.

The researchers predicted that a single site Toronto would spare 164 people from contracting HIV (because they wouldn’t be using dirty needles) and prevent 459 hepatitis C infections.

An earlier three year study reported Vancouver Coastal Health Authority’s Insite program impact on:

  1. Overdoses
  2. Health
  3. Appropriate use of health and social services
  4. Costs for health, social, legal and incarceration associated with injection drug use.

Key findings

The Centre’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal and The Lancet.

Significant research includes:

More research information on Insite and its supervised injection site may be found at Vancouver Coastal Health, or this article in McLean’s Magazine.

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Use these discount coupon codes for 50% off my other books during the month of July 2011 only:

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Final Decree. A Dead Dog Divorce.

A thieving wife, Elspith Winters, loots their joint bank accounts then convinces her friends her husband is having an affair in order to cover her tracks. Despite the years of planning she did in preparing for her Final Decree, she never once considered being outwitted by a smart female lawyer.

A story of one hellish divorce, based in part on real events, and a cautionary tale for both men and women.

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Dopey Stories.

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Dopey Stores by Ted Summerfield

“Dopey Stories” is a collection of 7 short stories: Bob the Road Painter, Minnie Tushi meets her love in Bald Knob, Bob and the Dickheads, An Ordinary Man, The Dumb Clucks Who Caused All The Trouble, Sal Acious meets Tim Orous, and The Beautiful Ms. Ann Thrope. The stories may make you say “huh?”, as they are a little weird.

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Joint Effort.

Joint Effort, by Ted Summerfield

It’s the 1960’s and drugs are making inroads into schools. There is a demand for drugs, so a group of high school friends begin selling pot and hash to their friends. From that humble beginning, this story leads you through how they expanded their operation, how they cleaned their cash, how they moved their product, and how they later built their underground bunkers for pot production. This ebook contains course language.

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My Kindle ebooks

Two of my ebooks are now for sale on Amazon.

Dopey stories make you say "huh?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dopey Stories is a collection of 7 short stories: Bob the Road Painter, Minnie Tushi meets her love in Bald Knob, Bob and the Dickheads, An Ordinary Man, The Dumb Clucks Who Caused All The Trouble, Sal Acious meets Tim Orous, and The Beautiful Ms. Ann Thrope. The stories may make you say “huh?”, as they are a little weird.

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Bubble Trouble is an entertaining and educational picture book fable filled with colorful pictures, including large black and white pictures for coloring. It is about a young girl, Glorybee Toebiter, who likes to brag. But her bragging blows up in her face, with terrible results. This book is suitable for 2-5 year old children and those young at heart.

NOTE: Not all digital ebook devices may display color photographs, nor print out full page B&W pictures.

Three printable word search puzzles for February 2011; prescription and illegal drugs

Three word search printable puzzles in easy, medium and hard levels of play for February 2011.

Theme for these three puzzles is “Prescription and illegal drugs”.

You may download them from the 2011 free puzzle magazines link here.

Happy puzzling. Ted

Joint Effort ebook now available

My latest ebook, Joint Effort, is now available on Smashwords in epub, mobi, and other formats.

Joint Effort, by Ted Summerfield
Joint Effort, by Ted Summerfield

It’s the 1960′s, and there is a demand for drugs in schools. This ebook tells the story from the inside, of how a group of high school kids expanded their operation, how they cleaned their cash, how they moved their product, and how they later built their underground bunkers for pot production and became one of the largest producers of pot in BC.

Joint Effort ebook by Ted Summerfield; Inside Cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Joint Effort” ebook in the works.

I’ve been working on a new ebook, “Joint Effort”, for a while now and thought I’d post a picture and a blurb about it.

Joint Effort is about a group of high-school kids who go on to become one of the largest producers of pot in British Columbia. From the group forming at high school to how some of the money was laundered and the pot bunkers built, it is one story of the BC Bud industry. All fiction of course.

Joint Effort, by Ted Summerfield

Joint Effort, by Ted Summerfield

Joint Words printable word search puzzle

This is a medium hard word search printable puzzle ebook containing words sometimes meaning marijuana, pot, cannabis, or reefer. Hint: only one of the words “marijuana, pot, cannabis, reefer” is used in puzzle.

You may download this free puzzle from the second “Free Puzzle Magazine” dropdown link here, or from this link: joint words-nov2010