Drug deaths are rising and overdose prevention centres save lives, so why is the UK unwilling to introduce them?

The UN’s International Narcotics Control Board has stated that OPCs are consistent with international drug control treaties
The Conversation (UK)
Monday, December 19, 2022

uk mobile dcr glasgowIn late 2020, a converted van appeared in central Glasgow. Inside were clean needles, sterilising equipment, mirrors, “sharps bins” for the disposal of syringes, and supplies of the overdose reversal drug naloxone. There were also boxes containing protein bars, tea, blankets and a defibrillator, as well as two chairs and tables where injections could be prepared. The van had been converted, and was being driven, by Peter Krykant – an ex-outreach worker with his own history of homelessness and injecting drug use. Frustrated with the fact that no overdose prevention centre (OPC) had yet opened in the city despite calls from the local NHS, he took the law into his own hands and, after a successful crowdfunding campaign, opened one independently.