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Evidence and Issues Concerning Drug Consumption Rooms (May 21, 2018). 

Fortson, Rudi and McCulloch, Liz,

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 279/2018,  (May 21, 2018).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3182568

Schottland. Glasgow confirms 'shooting gallery' site for drug users has been chosen

THE controversial ‘fix room’ for heroin addicts to legally inject will be sited in one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas, social work chiefs have comfirmed. (The Herald, 10.05.2018)

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16214958.Glasgow_confirms__shooting_gallery__site_for_drug_users_has_been_chosen/

USA. NYPD backs supervised drug injection centers after visiting sites in Canada

NYPD officials saw crime and quality of life troubles around government-sanctioned drug injection sites they visited in Canada, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Tuesday — but he still supports opening the centers in New York. (NY Daily News, 08.05.2018)

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-backs-drug-injection-centers-visiting-sites-canada-article-1.3978874

Luxemburg. 'Shooting gallery' helps addicts in Europe's richest country

Far from the glitzy bank buildings and boutiques in Luxembourg city sits a run-down prefab building behind the railway station that shows another side to Europe's richest country. (medicalxpress.com, 07.05.2018)

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-05-gallery-addicts-europe-richest-country.html

Overdose Prevention in New York City: Supervised Injection as a Strategy to Reduce Opioid Overdose and Public Injection

New York State Department of Health, 2018

http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/public/supervised-injection-report.pdf

New York will Fixerstuben einrichten

New York – Wegen der wachsenden Zahl von Drogentoten in New York will Bürgermeister Bill de Blasio Fixerstuben in der US-Metropole einrichten. „Nach einer genauen Prüfung ähnlicher Anstrengungen in aller Welt und nach gewissenhafter Berücksichtigung der öffentlichen Gesundheit und der Sicht von Sicherheitsexperten glauben wir, dass Zentren zur Vorbeugung von Überdosen Leben retten werden“, schrieb de Blasio gestern im Kurzbotschaftendienst Twitter. (aerzteblatt.de, 04.05.2018)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/94943/New-York-will-Fixerstuben-einrichten

USA. De Blasio Moves to Bring Safe Injection Sites to New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio is championing a plan that would make New York City a pioneer in creating supervised injection sites for illegal drug users, part of a novel but contentious strategy to combat the epidemic of fatal overdoses caused by the use of heroin and other opioids. (New York Times, 03.05.2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/nyregion/nyc-safe-injection-sites-heroin.html

USA. The Health 202: Supervised injection facilities are illegal in the United States. These cities want to open them anyway.

Several major cities are trying to open “safe injection sites” for drug abusers — even though they are technically illegal.(Washington Post, PowerPost, 30.04.2018)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2018/04/30/the-health-202-supervised-injection-facilities-are-illegal-in-the-united-states-these-cities-want-to-open-them-anyway/5ae5dbc630fb043711926901

Karlsruhe stimmt für ersten Drogenkonsumraum

Karlsruhe – Die Stadt Karlsruhe will den ersten Drogenkonsumraum in Baden-Württemberg einrichten. Der Gemeinderat stimmte gestern für eine solche Anlaufstelle. In ihr sollen schwerst Drogenabhängige mitgebrachte Drogen wie Heroin und Kokain unter hygienischen Bedingungen konsumieren können. (aerzteblatt.de, 25.04.2018)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/94723/Karlsruhe-stimmt-fuer-ersten-Drogenkonsumraum

USA. Let Cities Open Safe Injection Sites

(New York Times, Editorial, 24.04.2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/24/opinion/sunday/drugs-safe-injection-sites.html

Schottland.  Parliament backs creation of UK’s first drug consumption room in Glasgow

The Scottish Parliament has backed plans to create the UK’s first heroin “shooting gallery” in Glasgow city centre, allowing drug addicts to inject themselves in a safer environment. (inews.co.uk, 19.04.2018)

https://inews.co.uk/news/scotland/scottish-parliament-backs-creation-of-uks-first-drug-consumption-room-in-glasgow/

Australien. Ice will be allowed in Melbourne safe injecting room

Drug users will be allowed to consume ice under medical supervision at Melbourne's new safe injecting room, despite previous state government assurances that it would be banned from the centre.

Users will be able to take up to three grams of drugs such as heroin or ice into the injecting centre without penalty.

The government released regulations for the North Richmond Centre late on Tuesday afternoon that revealed there will be no restriction on the drugs of dependence that can be used in the injecting room. (The Age, Australien, 10.04.2018)

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/ice-will-be-allowed-in-melbourne-safe-injecting-room-20180410-p4z8th.html

UK. Campaign for legal drug-taking rooms in London as figures reveal worst areas for heroin and morphine deaths

Campaigners have called for radical new policies to tackle drug abuse in London as new figures revealed the worst boroughs for heroin and morphine overdoses. (Evening Standard, UK, 07.04.2018)

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/campaign-for-legal-drugtaking-rooms-in-london-as-new-figures-reveal-worst-boroughs-for-heroin-and-a3807746.html

Schottland. Don't 'condemn Glasgow drug addicts to death fix room plea

IF Glasgow is not allowed to open a safe drug injecting facility it would be “condemning to death” addicts who desperately need help, councillors have heard.

Glasgow City Council united behind a bid to create the first safe drug injecting room in the UK in the city centre.

The facility that would allow addicts to bring drugs to a supervised facility got the backing of all parties as the council voted to invite the Home Secretary to Glasgow to see the need for urgent action. (Evening Times, Glasgow, 05.04.2018)

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/16140691.Glasgow_drug_addicts__condemned_to_death__if_no__shooting_gallery__allowed_to_open/

Karlsruhe will im April über ersten Drogenkonsumraum entscheiden

Karlsruhe – Der Karlsruher Gemeinderat wird voraussichtlich am 24. April über den landesweit ersten Drogenkonsumraum beraten. Oberbürgermeister Frank Mentrup (SPD) will in seiner Stadt eine Anlaufstelle schaffen, in der schwerst Drogenabhängige mitgebrachte Drogen wie Heroin und Kokain unter hygienischen Bedingungen einnehmen können. (aerzteblatt.de, 04.04.2018)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/92233/Karlsruhe-will-im-April-ueber-ersten-Drogenkonsumraum-entscheiden

Frankfurt/Main. Stefan Majer präsentiert bundesweit einmaliges Drogen-Monitoring in Frankfurter Konsumräumen

Die Stadt Frankfurt hat ein systematisches Drogen-Monitoring in den drei Konsumräumen in Frankfurt gestartet.
In einem bundesweit einmaligen Projekt werden Rückstände aus Drogenverpackungen und Spritzenfiltern regelmäßig von Wissenschaftlern der Uni Freiburg auf Reinheitsgehalt, Beimischungen und sonstige Auffälligkeiten hin analysiert. Unter großer Medienaufmerksamkeit stellte Stefan Majer, Dezernent für Gesundheit und Personal, am Montag, 19. März, gemeinsam mit Professor Volker Auwärter, Forensischer Toxikologe am Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Uni Freiburg, und Regina Ernst, Leiterin des Drogenreferates, das bundesweit einmalige Monitoring und die Ergebnisse aus den bislang mehr als 400 Analysen vor.

(...) Auffallend war, dass mit durchschnittlich 9 Prozent der Reinheitsgehalt bei Heroin deutlich geringer ist als erwartet, während bei Kokain vom Frankfurter Straßenhandel mit durchschnittlich 70 Prozent der Reinheitsgehalt über dem europäischen Durchschnitt liegt.

Aufhorchen ließ, dass an zwei Verpackungen Anhaftungen des synthetischen Opioids Fentanyl gefunden wurden, wie Regina Ernst betont: „Fentanyl spielte 2017 bei mindestens drei Frankfurter Drogentoten eine Rolle. Fentanyl sei so unberechenbar und damit gefährlich, da es 120 mal stärker sei als Heroin und sich deshalb nur schwer dosieren lasse. (frankfurt.de, 20.03.2018)

http://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=3003&_ffmpar[_id_inhalt]=33624218

Supervised Consumption Services – fact-sheet

(Drug Policy Alliance, March 2017)

http://www.drugpolicy.org/sites/default/files/DPA_Fact%20sheet_Supervised%20Consumption%20Services_2017.pdf

Public support for safe consumption sites and syringe services programs to combat the opioid epidemic.

McGinty EE, Barry CL, Stone EM, Niederdeppe J, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Linden S, Sherman SG.

Prev Med. 2018 Feb 23;111:73-77. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.02.026.

Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29481827

Kanada. Best Practice Guidelines: Implementing Supervised Injection Services

(Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Februar 2018)

http://rnao.ca/sites/rnao-ca/files/bpg/Implementing_supervised_injection_services.pdf

Kanada. First Supervised Inhalation Site Opens in North America

It's not just about allowing someone to use drugs more safely—it’s about building a trusting relationship with users, humanizing them and encouraging them to seek treatment when they’re ready.

In response to the opioid crisis, Canada has been rapidly opening supervised injection sites, safe spaces allowing for injection drug users to consume narcotics like heroin under medical supervision.

But ARCHES, a recently opened facility in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada comes with a twist—it's the first supervised inhalation site in North America, allowing drug users to combust and inhale narcotics, such as meth or crack cocaine, under the supervision of trained medical staff. (The Fix, USA, 05.03.2018)

https://www.thefix.com/first-supervised-inhalation-site-opens-north-america

Münster/Wstf. Weniger Notfälle im Münsteraner Drogenkonsumraum

Von 59 im Jahr 2016 auf 45 im Jahr 2017 ist die Zahl der Drogennotfälle im Drogenkonsumraum des Drogenhilfevereins „Indro“ in Münster gesunken. Das geht aus dem jüngst vorgelegten Jahresbericht des Vereins für akzeptanzorientierte Drogenarbeit hervor. Insgesamt fanden im vergangenen Jahr demnach mehr als 13.000 Konsumvorgänge im Drogenkonsumraum statt.

Zu 65 Prozent wurde Heroin konsumiert. Der Kokain-Konsum sei in den vergangenen Jahren aber kontinuierlich angestiegen und erreichte im Jahr 2017 mit etwa 26 Prozent einen neuen Höchstwert, geht aus dem Jahresresümée hervor. Weiterhin werden die Konsumentinnen und Konsumenten auch immer älter. Es dominiere die Altersgruppe der über 36-Jährigen.

Indro-Leiter Dr. Wolfgang Schneider sieht den schadensminimierenden Ansatz seiner Einrichtung als Erfolg an. 2017 seien auch durch die Indro-Arbeit Drogentodesfälle vermieden worden. (LWL-KS-Newsletter, 16. Jahrgang / Nr. 1, Februar 2018)

http://www.indro-online.de/jbindro2017.pdf

Kanada. Canadian facility offers answers on supervised consumption sites

As debate continues throughout the Eastside, Vancouver’s Insite sheds light on the real impact of giving people a place to safely take drugs. (Bellevue Reporter, USA, 12.02.2018)

http://www.bellevuereporter.com/news/canadian-facility-offers-answers-on-supervised-consumption-sites/

USA. SF health panel backs safe injection sites

The San Francisco Health Commission unanimously backed a resolution supporting supervised injection services at its February 6 meeting, putting the city one step closer to opening the first safe injection facility in the United States. (Bay Area Reporter, 08.02.2018)

http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=73330

UK. West Midlands addicts to be prescribed heroin under bold plans to combat 'scourge of drugs'

West Midlands police commissioner announces "fresh ideas" to tackle drug problems.

Users offered heroin in drug consumption rooms and if other forms of treatment fail.

Move welcomed as drug use increasingly considered public health issue rather than criminal. (IB Times, 12.02.2018)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/addicts-be-prescribed-heroin-under-bold-plans-combat-scourge-drugs-1660684

The Trump Administration Says Proposed Heroin Injection Sites Could Face “Legal Action”

They’ve been approved in San Francisco, Seattle, and Philadelphia — and some local officials are ready to fight the DEA in court. (Buzz Feed News, 14.02.2018)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/the-trump-administration-says-proposed-heroin-injection

UK. UK Legislators Make Impassioned Call for Drug Consumption Rooms, As Deaths Soar

Members of parliament from across the political spectrum have called on the UK government to allow the introduction of drug consumption rooms (DCRs), which save lives and reduce the spread of infectious diseases. (TALKING DRUGS, UK, 18.01.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/UK-needs-drug-consumption-rooms-now

USA/New York. To Cut Drug Deaths, City Considers Sanctioned Places to Shoot Up

In 2016, the opioid epidemic claimed 1,374 lives in New York City. That’s roughly four drug overdose deaths each day. One death every seven hours.

It’s a harrowing statistic that continues to soar, and New York City officials are floating an idea that so far has not been tried in the United States: sanctioned locations where drug users can shoot up under the supervision of medical staff ready to revive them if they overdose.

They are called safe injection facilities, and the city has been eyeing them for more than a year, despite potential federal opposition. (09.02.2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/nyregion/to-cut-opioid-deaths-city-considers-sanctioned-places-to-shoot-up.html

Dokumentation der vier Frankfurter Drogenkonsumräume - Statistische Ergebnisse des Jahresberichtes 2016

Prof. Dr. Heino Stöver, Dipl. Soz. Stefan Förster

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, ISFF – Institut für Suchtforschung Frankfurt am Mein

Februar 2018

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323028647_Dokumentation_der_vier_Frankfurter_Drogenkonsumraume_Statistische_Ergebnisse_des_Jahresberichtes_2016

Kanada. All of Canada's Approved Supervised Consumption Sites

Supervised Consumption Sites are key components to an evidence-based treatment approach saving countless lives across Canada. The services they offer not only ensure the health and safety of vulnerable communities, but also connect them to social supports and vital ancillary services. (pivot, Kanada, 2018)

http://www.pivotlegal.org/scs_map

USA. Why some US cities are opening safe spaces for injecting heroin

A study found a safe injection site in Philadelphia could prevent nearly one in 10 of the city’s drug overdose deaths.

American cities are slowly rallying around a new response to the opioid epidemic: safe spaces for using heroin.

The concept recently gained traction in Philadelphia, where officials announced this week that they intend to open such a space, known as a supervised drug consumption facility or safe injection site. These are places where people can use drugs with sterile injection equipment and the supervision of trained staff, who are ready with the opioid overdose antidote naloxone if anything goes wrong. The sites may also link people with addiction treatment on request. (vox.com, USA, 25.01.2018)

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/1/25/16928144/safe-injection-sites-heroin-opioid-epidemic