Chapter 13. Supervised Injecting Rooms

  1. Richard Pates BSc, DClinPsy, AFBPsS, CPsychol1,
  2. Andrew McBride MB, ChB, MSc, FRCPsych2 and
  3. Karin Arnold3
  1. Robert Haemmig and
  2. Ingrid van Beek

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776339.ch13

Injecting Illicit Drugs

Injecting Illicit Drugs

How to Cite

Haemmig, R. and van Beek, I. (2005) Supervised Injecting Rooms, in Injecting Illicit Drugs (eds R. Pates, A. McBride and K. Arnold), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470776339.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of the Community Addictions Unit, Cardiff, UK

  2. 2

    Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford, UK

  3. 3

    Community Addictions Unit, Cardiff, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 12 JUL 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405113601

Online ISBN: 9780470776339



  • supervised injecting rooms;
  • public health;
  • hepatitis B;
  • idus;
  • medical clinics


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • The first supervised injecting room in Bern, Switzerland

  • Development of SIRs elsewhere

  • Ideological background to SIRs

  • The case against SIRs

  • Evidence for success

  • The Australian experience

  • Methodological challenges in evaluating SIRs for success

  • Safer smoking rooms?

  • Finally

  • References