‘A lot of people inject in bathrooms because there’s a water supply, but is it a clean bathroom and are you washing your hands before you inject? If not, why not? Is it because you’ve not got soap? We need start a very basic level of conversation and go from there.
Legalising Class A drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy or LSD would likely do little to change levels of use, reveals a new YouGov survey: the proportion of people who have already taken it either matches or outweighs the proportion who would if it were legal, indicating that the law does not seem to present much of a barrier.
Believing that banning drugs will solve this problem is as naïve as thinking that you can ban suffering. Policies that adopt this rationale are either short sighted or worse, just an attempt at being seen to be doing something.
I am working with people who use drugs to help them as best I can, without asking them to stop, meeting them where they are at, not where we want them to be.
“The United Kingdom’s drug policy is deeply flawed… Drug consumption rooms are not just desirable but necessary as a key component to tackle problematic drug use in our society.” – Ronnie Cowan, MP
Fewer supervised injection sites could mean increased demand for an already understaffed Paramedic service. Closing or underfunding these facilities is an attempt to sweep a crisis under the carpet.