Items tagged with drug consumption rooms

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Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it? [05.12.2017] In 2001, Portugal became the first country to decriminalise the possession and consumption of all illicit substances. Rather than being arrested, tho...
Supervised injection sites could stop untold opioid-related deaths [01.12.2017] In addition to the legal issues, the heavy stigma around heroin and other opioids driving the nation's overdose crisis can push individuals into the ...
Ottawa approves temporary overdose-prevention sites in bid to address opioid crisis [16.11.2017] Ottawa will let provinces and territories open temporary sites for drug-overdose prevention while their applications for permanent facilities are pro...
Toronto's first permanent supervised injection site opens downtown [08.11.2017] Toronto's first sanctioned, permanent supervised injection site officially opened its doors. The site, located inside The Works at 277 Victoria St., ...
Money on the table for a safe drug consumption site in Seattle [07.11.2017] Despite the backlash from various King County cities against the idea of establishing safe drug consumption sites, the Seattle City Council is moving...
Melbourne heroin injecting room trial gets green light [30.10.2017] The Andrews government has approved a trial run of a safe injecting room for heroin addicts. Key upper house MP James Purcell confirmed that his vita...
Are UK drug consumption rooms likely? [12.10.2017] What does the Home Office really think about drug consumption rooms - safe and supervised places where addicts can inject or inhale illicit substance...
Commission makes recommendations for tackling opioid crisis in North America [03.10.2017] The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of har...
IDPC response to the INCB Annual Report for 2016 [30.09.2017] The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Annual Report for 2016 is, as usual, a mixed bag of high quality data and sometimes doubtful politic...
Victorian Parliament can save lives by trialling safe injecting room [18.09.2017] Dozens of people have fatally overdosed on heroin in the gutters, laneways and front gardens of Richmond. Not a single person has ever died in a safe...
Toronto's guerrilla war on drug overdoses [15.09.2017] Nurses and volunteers watch over drug users at the Toronto's first pop-up supervised drug-use site. In the month since the site started operating in ...
The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users looks back on 20 years fighting for human rights [04.09.2017] In the late summer of 1997, a poster with a message aimed at drug users appeared on electrical poles around the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. “Meet...
How the war on drugs fueled the fentanyl crisis [29.08.2017] A staggering 59,000 people died of drug overdose in 2016 according to a recent New York Times analysis. Annual overdose deaths in the US have already...
Ottawa rejects expert calls to decriminalize illegal opioids [28.08.2017] Ottawa says it has no plans to consider decriminalizing hard drugs, such as heroin, despite calls from local politicians, health officials and expert...
Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years [08.08.2017] For nearly three years, in an undisclosed US city, a social service agency has quietly been inviting people to inject illegal drugs at a clandestine ...
We already know how to stop people dying from drugs – but the Government refuses to do it [02.08.2017] Last year saw the highest number of drug-related deaths since records began in 1993. More than half of these deaths involved an opiate, such as heroi...
Drug consumption rooms ruled out by government [26.07.2017] The UK government has dismissed a call from its own advisory body to consider introducing drug consumption rooms. The Advisory Council on the Misuse ...
Health Canada approves supervised consumption of oral and intra-nasal substances at two Surrey sites [27.06.2017] Health Canada approved Fraser Health’s request to provide supervised consumption of oral and intra-nasal substances — the first time such an exemptio...
Montreal opens first mobile supervised injection clinic in North America [19.06.2017] Montreal has launched the first mobile supervised injection clinic in North America, as part of a package of services aimed at fighting back against ...
Copenhagen’s drug injection rooms a success story, mayor says [14.06.2017] The lives of drug addicts who overdose can often be saved, provided they are using a drug injection room, figures show. Since two fixerums were opene...
Support users, don't punish them: Ex-AFP boss' radical ideas to beat the drug trade [13.06.2017] For over half a century governments in Australia have relied heavily on law enforcement to curb the drug trade and reduce drug use. But despite huge ...
Canada’s mayors call for speedy approval of proposals to address overdose crisis [25.05.2017] Canada’s big-city mayors are calling for the expedited approval of new supervised drug-consumption sites, improved data collection and the expansion ...
Canada eases steps to open supervised drug injection sites amid opioid crisis [21.05.2017] Canada’s government has made it easier to open supervised drug injection sites across the country, offering communities a lifeline as they battle an ...
It’s time to kick our addiction to the war on drugs [25.04.2017] As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes the lead in crafting the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis, he and his colleagues need...
Durham police will give addicts heroin to inject in 'shooting galleries' [05.03.2017] Heroin addicts will be given supplies to inject in specially designated “shooting galleries” under radical plans to tackle drug-related crime in Durh...
Plan to open injection facility in Dublin for drug users [07.02.2017] The Government will discuss legislation which would exempt drug users from prosecution if found with certain illegal drugs in a supervised injection ...
Awash in overdoses, Seattle creates safe sites for addicts to inject illegal drugs [27.01.2017] Officials in Seattle approved the nation’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs, calling the move a drastic but n...
Injecting drugs, under a watchful eye [18.01.2017] It has been nearly 30 years since the first needle exchange program opened in the United States. America has another epidemic now: overdose deaths fr...
Why addicts take drugs in 'fix rooms' [09.01.2017] Britain could soon see its first "fix room" for drug users - a safe space where addicts can take illegal narcotics under medical supervision. But who...
Make heroin available on prescription, official UK drug advisers say [11.12.2016] Heroin on prescription and supervised injecting rooms are among a range of measures that the government’s drug advisers have suggested to reverse the...
Ottawa moves to facilitate more injection sites as death toll climbs [09.12.2016] Ottawa will introduce a bill that is expected to reduce barriers to opening and operating supervised drug-con­sumption sites in Canada. The move come...
France's first injection room for addicts opens in Paris [11.10.2016] France's first supervised drug centre or " salle de shoot" opened in Paris near the Gare du Nord train station. The area is a known hotspot for drug ...
Vancouver’s safer injection services stalled as overdose death toll mounts [30.09.2016] On Sept. 30, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first legally authorized safer injection site. ...
Lausanne dit oui à l'expérience du joint légal [05.09.2016] Sans surprise, les élus lausannois ont donné leur feu vert à la Ville. Celle-ci pourra rejoindre le groupe formé par les grandes villes de Suisse qui...
Safe injection clinic says 90% of clients' heroin had dangerous drug additive [01.09.2016] North America’s only supervised injection site has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl. Vancouver’s Insit...
Seattle’s potential solution for heroin epidemic: Places for legal drug use [24.08.2016] A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts wo...
Scandinavia’s largest drug injection room opens in Copenhagen [13.08.2016] H17, a new drug consumption room (fixerum), officially opens in Copenhagen. H17 was designed and decorated to specially suit the needs of drug users,...
Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation [11.08.2016] No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduc...
Toronto board of health approves supervised injection sites [03.07.2016] The stories of Toronto residents who died of overdoses on Toronto streets were heard for hours by board of health members, told by their friends, fam...
The safe room [01.07.2016] With Australia struggling to curb its crisis with methamphetamine two leading drug reform campaigners, Dr Alex Wodak and Matt Noffs, embarked on a re...
Plans for UK's first drug injecting centre in Glasgow [29.06.2016] Plans are being drawn up for the UK's first drug injecting facility in Glasgow city centre to tackle rising HIV cases and risk to the public from dis...
Drug experts plan Australia's first ice smoking room despite Government opposition [29.06.2016] Drug law reformers Matt Noffs and Dr Alex Wodak are pushing ahead with Australia's first supervised ice smoking room, in a move which directly contra...
Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths [25.04.2016] As health officials battle increasing mortality associated with heroin and prescription opioids, an even more dangerous group of street drugs has app...
Canadian official causes stir with ‘progressive’ speech at UN narcotics conference [15.03.2016] The Liberal government used its first foray into the global anti-narcotics arena this week to signal a clear shift away from the war-on-drugs philoso...
Government approves pilot scheme for drug injection facility in Dublin [14.12.2015] The cabinet has approved a pilot scheme for a medically supervised drug injection facility in Dublin. The facility was proposed by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin,...
Heroin addiction: How to smack it down [06.11.2015] Ireland would establish " medically supervised injecting facilities" where heroin addicts can take their drugs, using clean equipment, under doctors’...
Pot legalization looks certain for Canada [20.10.2015] Carrying a torch for marijuana legalization, the Liberal Party of Canada emerged like a phoenix from parliamentary election to an absolute majority i...
Public to have say on legality of drugs [03.07.2015] The Irish public is being invited to have a say in what is thought to be the country’s first official examination of the decriminalisation of drugs f...
Drug injection rooms a resounding success [26.05.2015] The drug injection rooms ('fixerum') that opened for customers some two and a half years ago in Denmark have been hailed as a resounding success. Out...
Legalise cannabis in Luxembourg? [10.05.2015] Luxembourg's Parliament is to debate the decriminalisation of consumption of cannabis, the health minister said while outlining a new drug prevention...

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