Safe Consumption Glasgow
Safe Consumption Sites also known as Overdose Prevention Sites or Drug Consumption Rooms are now in operation around the world. The data shows that not one single death from overdose has been recorded with tens of thousands of overdoses being reversed. Benefits include, reduced hospital admissions, less anti social behaviours, more engagement with treatment, less BBV transmission and less publicly discarded equipment.
Scotland's Overdose Crisis
Civil Direct Action
We provide a clean and safe environment, staffed by volunteers trained in overdose prevention and interventions, people are currently injecting in rat infested alleyways and under bridges and it is not unusual to find people dead in the city. Which area would you pick if you had a loved one who suffered from homelessness and addiction? The current crisis in Scotland means that the country now has the highest drug related death rate in the Western World. Glasgow, Scotland's largest city has the highest outbreak of HIV in the UK in the last 30 years, this is ongoing amongst people who inject drugs in the city with over 180 cases in five years.
The Legal Debate
Misuse of Drug Act 1971
Providing a safe space for people to inject drugs does not encourage drug use, in fact it has been shown to reduce drug use in others areas with more people accepting referrals to treatment who previously would not have engaged. The legal debate is ongoing however under the outdated misuse of drugs act our argument would be, is it illegal to save a person's life by providing this internationally recognised way to reduce harm caused by drugs? We have had no interventions from authorities as with no reform the act now 49 years old does not cover this in any specific way, and it is certainly not in the public interest to charge or arrest anyone providing a proven way to reduce the harm caused by drugs. With the current UK Government refusing to accept changes are needed we are now calling on the Scottish Government appointed Lord Advocate to use all devolved powers to sanction non prosecution stance in Glasgow so a site can be established in order to monitor and evaluate outcomes for both society and people who inject drugs in the city.
Naloxone & Overdose
A range of Harm Reduction can be offered on any DCR site. People can be kept alive but they die under bridges and in alleyways.
Always carry Naloxone - You could save a life.
“One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
These details are for contacts in Scotland associated with drug & alcohol services, we have no affiliation with any of these services and we do not endorse these services, this section is simply for anyone who is looking for information regarding current networks in the country.
Scottish Drugs Forum
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs
Scottish Recovery Consortium
Faces & Voices of Recovery UK
Turning Point Scotland