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
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