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Safe consumption room must go ahead to tackle drug deaths emergency – Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scotland is facing a drugs “emergency”, as she called again for powers to deal with the problem to be devolved to Holyrood.

With drug deaths in Scotland expected to exceed 1,000 this year, the First Minister said it is a “massive problem”.

She said it is therefore “unconscionable” that the UK Government will not permit a safe consumption facility to be set up in Glasgow.

The First Minister was speaking after drugs expert Dr Andrew McAuley, from Glasgow Caledonian University, told the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster that the case for a drug consumption room in the city is “arguably the most compelling Europe has seen”.

He told MPs on Tuesday: “The HIV outbreak, drug death epidemic, largest botulism outbreak Europe has ever seen – there’s a whole host of reasons why Glasgow is a perfect case for the UK’s first consumption room.”

Despite such a facility being supported by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council, the Home Office has blocked the move.


Source: Belfast Telegraph, 10th May 2019

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