Drug related harm and deaths in Scotland are continuing to grow. However, in eight European countries plus Canada and Australia where Drug Consumption Rooms (DCR) have been established, the spread of HIV has decreased, the spread of Hepatitis C has decreased and the crime rate has decreased.
Added to this no one has ever died from an overdose in a supervised drug consumption room. This adds to the evidence that they have a positive effect.
Organisations such as Transform, Release and Anyone’s Child, amongst others, have been strong campaigners for drug policy reform and believe action must be taken now to introduce drug consumption rooms in this country.
In the interest of public health its vital the UK Government seek to establish DCRs. If not, the UK Government must devolve the relevant powers to the Scottish Parliament so the necessary action can be taken.