Drug crisis not on pause during coronavirus


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today appealed to both of Scotland's governments to champion the introduction of drug consumption rooms (DCR), after a new study by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University revealed the vast majority of people who inject drugs would be willing to attend DCRs. 

The study, which is the first of its kind, interviewed 1469 people who inject drugs. Results showed 75% of those who inject drugs in Scotland were willing to use DCRs. This was higher among those interviewed in city centres including Glasgow at 83%. 

Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

"Crises on other fronts aren't pushing pause to let us handle this virus. 

"Scotland's drug death rate is one of the most acute challenges facing our National Health Service. 

"Drug consumption rooms are a practical way to save lives and this report shows they have every chance of being successful. 

"Both of Scotland's governments should be championing this solution. Every viable solution to address the wave of drug-related deaths Scotland has suffered over the last few years must be on the table."


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