In the Herald today:
THERE is no evidence that safer drug consumption rooms work, nor are they a “silver bullet” to fix Scotland’s drugs deaths problem, according to a senior adviser to the UK government.
Dame Carol Black, who was commissioned by the former Home Secretary Sajid Javid to conduct an independent review into drug misuse, said the row over consumption rooms could potentially act as a distraction from tackling the issue.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19512674.no-evidence-support-safe-consumption-rooms-uk-government-drugs-adviser-warns/
Really? What about this?
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.https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2019-01/180320atisn12038doc2_0.pdf
There is nothing like a Dame, 81 years-old with no experience in the the field of drug use but rather an expert on sick notes. ‘Senior advisor?’ Absolutely.
I’m only 70!