User rooms for drug addicts

A report from the Independent Drugs Commission for Brighton and Hove has suggested a series of measures aimed at cutting the harm of drugs. Brighton and Hove could become the first city in the country to offer safe havens for addicts.

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What are drug consumption rooms?

  • More than 90 drug consumption rooms have been set up worldwide since the mid 1980s, including: Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Norway and Canada
  • They are professionally supervised healthcare facilities where drug users can use substances in safe and hygienic conditions
  • They aim to establish contact with difficult-to-reach users, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Brighton has 'relatively high' number of drug users

Tom Scanlon, Brighton and Hove's director of public health, said the city has a "relatively high" number of drug users, with a high number of drug-related deaths in the past.

So we welcome these recommendations and will work closely with key partners to make sure that the ideas in the report complement our work on helping people fully recover.

We have come a long way from the peak in 2000 when 67 Brighton and Hove residents died from drug use. While this has fallen to 20 deaths, each of these still represents a personal tragedy for the person concerned and for families and friends.

– Tom Scanlon, Brighton and Hove's director of public health

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More than 60,000 in Brighton have used illegal drugs

Proposals from the Independent Drugs Commission for Brighton and Hove, have suggested that drug consumption rooms could be used, to cut the number of fatalities from substance misuse.

Misuse in the city remains incredibly high, despite the city shedding its crown as the UK's drugs death capital.

  • In 2000, 67 residents died a drug-related death, with the figure now standing at around 20
  • More than 2,000 people are considered problem heroin and cocaine users, and that over 60,000 people in the city have used illegal drugs

City considers safe havens for drug addicts

Brighton and Hove could become the first city in the country to offer safe havens for addicts to use illegal drugs under professional supervision, without fear of prosecution.

A man smoking a cannabis joint Credit: PA/PA Wire

Once known as the drugs capital of the UK, drug consumption rooms could be used to cut the number of fatalities from substance misuse, a report said.

Public health leaders have suggested that more people should be trained to administer a life-saving overdose antidote, as part of a series of measures aimed at cutting the harm drugs cause.

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