UK Political Fight over Safe Consumption

“Stronger, cheaper” injectable drugs in Glasgow have spurred a resurgence of HIV/AIDS: Cases are 10X higher than in 2015.

Safe consumption sites reduce the risks of injecting drugs and allow health workers to reach marginalized populations. But despite calls for NHS approval, “facilities [have] become a bit of a political football,” says researcher Andy McAuley.

Scotland’s leadership supports such legislation but the UK has declined a pilot program they claim would “condone drug availability.” There is hope that Boris Johnson may reverse course. 

In 1986, the UK was among the first to launch needle exchanges which helped stem the spread of HIV/AIDS. 


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