Economic Evaluations of Establishing Opioid Overdose Prevention Centers in 12 North American Cities: A Systematic Review

By Jazmine Li April 8, 2024
Overdose prevention centers are a proven intervention in preventing overdose deaths but face continuous legal barriers. OnPoint NYC, photographed above, is one of the two legally sanctioned OPCs in New York City. Photo credit: OnPoint NYC.

Czarina Behrends, PhD, MPH

Overdose prevention centers are found to be cost-saving or to have favorable cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit ratios in North America, indicating positive economic and health outcomes related to use of these programs where people can consume pre-obtained drugs under supervision and receive immediate medical attention in the event of an overdose.