Sunday, 16 Dec 2018

How ‘fixing rooms’ are saving the lives of drug addicts | Mattha Busby

Across Europe, facilities that offer medical supervision for addicts are dramatically reducing drug-related deaths

Jørgen sharply inhales as the needle pierces his vein, exhaling when the heroin reaches his bloodstream. His eyes reopen with a glimmer of excitement, tinged by a profound scowl of disapproval.

All over Europe, every day, many thousands of people will perform this same ritual. Hundreds will do so, like Jørgen, in drug consumption rooms. But none of these will be in the UK, where drug addicts are mainly confined to back streets, crack houses and hostel bedrooms.

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