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Month: October 2017

Medically Supervised Drug Consumption Rooms

Medically Supervised Drug Consumption Rooms

A number of countries (but not yet the UK) have permitted or tolerated the establishment of “Drug Consumption Rooms” – sometimes called “Safe Injecting Sites” – being medically supervised places where drug addicts can ingest certain drug substances (albeit illicitly obtained).  These facilities are not so-called “shooting galleries”.  The aim of a DCR, as described by the EMCDDA, is primarily “to reduce the acute risks of disease transmission through unhygienic injecting, prevent drug-related overdose deaths and connect high-risk drug users with addiction treatment and other health and social services” [Link].  Such facilities are contentious, but a strong case can be made for at least piloting such a facility in the UK.  Whether a DCR will be established in the UK remains moot [see the piece by BBC’s Mark Easton [Link].  See also an article by the “Irish Examiner” (31st October 2017) [Link]; and by Caroline Lucas MP in the Argus [Link].
See, more recently, an interesting piece by Jonathan Peters (CommonSpace “How Glasgow, drug death capital of Europe, could be following Sydney and Vancouver in saving lives, if not for UK Govt intransigence“: 1st Aug 2018) [Link].