Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last three decades.
These facilities provide needles which instantly reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C. Instantly we improve the health of the user and instantly we engage users back into society where they can be signposted to the relevant services.
If we want to stop damaging society and help the many individuals that have a drug addiction problem then we need to change our approach.
Therefore, the UK government must look at the growing body of evidence and change the law to allow DCRs to be opened in the UK without fear of prosecution. If not, they must devolve the relevant powers to Scotland to allow the SNP Government to pursue ambitious and innovative new methods to tackle the public health issue of unsafe drug consumption.