‘Give safe spaces to drug users with clean needles and nurses or more will die’

Experts are encouraging a change within the legislation to enable safe spaces for users to inject, sniff and smoke.

Safe drug consumption rooms or OPCs – overdose prevention centres – are an area the place drug addicts can go to use narcotics in a safe surroundings, with contemporary needles and emergency medical help obtainable always.

Drug consumption rooms -DCRs – are presently unlawful within the UK however some drug specialists are calling on the federal government for this legislation to change so as to cease the continued rise in drug associated deaths.

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Hussain Abdeh is the Clinical Director and Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct.

He mentioned: “There is little question that drug consumption within the presence of skilled employees and medical professionals would massively assist to scale back various drug associated deaths and issues.

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“It will additionally present a platform of training to many drug users and will present them with a stepping stone for sobriety, which most wouldn’t have entry to.

“Drug consumption rooms have a duty to provide a safe and clean surroundings for drug users, notably for medication which can be injected into the system by offering clean needles.

“DCRs had been primarily launched to scale back hurt and the financial affect it had on communities and societies.

“DCRs are applied in areas which were notably impacted by native drug use and contain lots of the group leaders, stakeholders and native residents.”

The rooms have helped drug deaths lower in international locations similar to Germany and the Netherlands.

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They have been confirmed to scale back drug abuse and overdose associated deaths, scale back the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B/C and different blood borne illnesses, scale back public drug litter, enhance the variety of drug users in search of sobriety.

One massive downside is that drug users nonetheless have to carry their very own narcotics to the centres so as to use them.

Mr Abdeh continued: “There is little question that DCRs will scale back the hurt brought on by drug misuse and will give many users a stepping stone to sobriety, nevertheless they fail to tackle the larger image of how simply accessible medication are particularly to sure communities and areas.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted throughout his re-election marketing campaign: “It’s time for contemporary concepts to scale back the hurt medication and drug-related crimes trigger to people, households and communities.

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“If re-elected, I’ll set up a London Drugs Commission – unbiased specialists to study the most recent proof from around the globe.”

Medical specialists similar to Dr Helena Winters, Drug Safety Coordinator for Rise Drug Prevention, inspired using OPCs and mentioned it, ‘would enhance each Londoner’s life by reducing crime in drug impacted areas’.

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