In April 2020 in the Glasgow Times:
MORE than 80% of drug injectors in Glasgow would use a safe consumption room and the service could help those most at risk of dying from overdose, a major study has found. The first Scottish research of its kind involving 1469 drug users found that 75 per cent would be willing to use a supervised service but support was highest in Glasgow at 83 per cent. Willingness was greater among people who reported injecting heroin (76%), cocaine (79%), and those with experiences of homelessness (86%), public injecting (87%) and recent overdose (80%) suggesting drug consumption rooms (DCRs) could lead to a significant reduction in drug deaths.
I feel sure the Scottish Tories will be right on this evidence after they decided the SNP had betrayed drug users here and Annie Wells wrote to Boris to ask for his help. He was as good as his word and authorised a conference in Glasgow to launch the ‘caring conservative’ strategy to solve the problem. The conference was on 27th February.
I don’t know if they discussed DCRs (drug consumption rooms). MSPs had reviewed the evidence and backed the idea two years ago:
The Scottish Conservative’s position, if they have anything like a collective view, remains stubbornly unchanged:
Annie Wells, Conservative MSP for Glasgow said that she fundamentally does not support the creation of safe injection facilities and called for a whole sector led drug strategy review and an open discussion on what the drawbacks of a safe injection facility would be.
‘An open discussion on what the drawbacks of a safe injection facility would be?
Yes, let’s have one of those. I feel sure the Tories will have looked at this since the Scottish Parliament’s report two years ago. The Scottish Secretary must know:
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has admitted carrying out zero research on the effectiveness of drug consumption rooms as the death rate has gone through the roof. Right-wing ministers at Westminster have remained rigidly against any loosening of the Misuse of Drugs Act, which bans the possession and handling of drugs, despite a massive majority of politicians north of the Border favouring a complete overhaul.
Actually, they don’t need to:
The largest review ever undertaken, of 349 research studies, from across the globe though mostly in Europe, carried out by the Centre for Criminology at the University in South Wales in 2017, found that ‘safe’ or ‘supervised’ injection rooms significantly reduced drug-related harms, dramatically cut mortality and offered a range of benefits for the wider population, in terms of reduced crime, nuisance in public spaces, violence and trafficking.
Scottish Conservatism doing nothing for you because you’re worthless to them.