DRUG CONSUMPTION ROOMS
An "independent working group" in UK reviewed drug consumption room experience in various countries over the course of 20 months. Main conclusions: they "are a rational and overdue extenson to the harm reduciton policy ... [They} offer a unique and promising way to work with the most problematic users..." Available online at: http://www.jrf.org.uk/bookshop/details.asp?pubID=785
One has to wonder what the ojections mght be in locales where needle/syringe exchange is already a reality - e.g., in New York and elsewhere in the USA. Active heroin users come to a site and are given sterile needles and syringes, and then depart to use heroin off premises. What could possibly be the argument against allowing them to stay in the exchange facilities (assuming there is space available) and using there? And yet, no such proposal seems to have been made - or at least, pursued. Why not?