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Scotland intends to set up safe spaces for drug users in defiance of UK government

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 05 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1957

Linked Opinion

More data on drug related deaths—a clear warning sign that all is not well in the UK

  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

The Scottish government is set to override UK opposition and set up safe consumption rooms where illicit drugs can be used under supervision.

It is part of Scotland’s response to rising numbers of drug related deaths that have left it with the highest death rate in the whole of Europe. Some 1339 people died from drug overdoses in 2020—up 5% on 2019 and more than three times the rate in England and Wales.1

There have been plans since 2018 …

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