Site picked for first drugs consumption room
Hunter Street Health Centre in the east end of Glasgow is to be the site of Scotland’s first drugs consumption room.
The facility is supported by the Scottish government as a way to address the country’s drugs deaths crisis.
Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain KC has indicated that users of the pilot site will not be prosecuted for simple possession offences.
Furthermore, the UK government has said it would not intervene in the pilot scheme.
Documents given to the city council and health board detail that the facility would be open between 09:00 and 21:00, 365 days a year at the Hunter Street Health Centre.
Drug consumption rooms, which let users inject illegal drugs under supervision, can reduce overdose deaths but critics say they send out the wrong signal about the dangers of drugs and could take resources away from dealing with the problem through treatment based approaches.
The Scottish government has agreed to make up to £2.3 million available for the pilot ever year.
The report said: “The safer drugs consumption facility will be subject to a robust independent evaluation studying the impact on service users, staff, local communities and businesses, and whether anticipated wider societal benefits such as cost reductions in other services are realised.”