Glasgow consumption room gets go-ahead

The UK’s first official consumption room has been approved by Glasgow’s Integration Joint Board. The facility will be based in a clinic on Hunter Street in the city’s east end. 

A staff member at an Australian DCR - Photo by Nigel Brunsden
A staff member at an Australian DCR – Photo by Nigel Brunsdon,

Earlier this month Scotland’s chief law officer – the lord advocate, Dorothy Bain KC – said she would be prepared to publish a prosecution policy stating that ‘it would not be in the public interest to prosecute drug users for simple possession offences committed within a pilot safer drugs consumption facility’, providing a legal basis for the establishment of a consumption room pilot. The Scottish secretary, Alister Jack, subsequently confirmed that the UK government would not block the plans. 

Although the latest Scottish drug death figures showed a 21 per cent reduction on the previous year, the rate is still higher than anywhere in Europe.  

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