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SYRIZA Will Create Spaces for Drug Addicts to Shoot Up

October 29, 2018

ATHENS – Essentially surrendering to drug users who continue to shoot up in public areas, the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA is preparing a plan through the Ministry of Health to create supervised spaces for addicts to use.

That comes as officials at two universities have complained the addicts are fulfilling their habits in plain view in broad daylight on areas next to the schools and as the schools complaints have been ignored, leading one facility to shut down for a day in protest.

The shoot-up spaces will provide addicts with sterile materials to use unlawful drugs under the strict supervision of trained staff, in a hygienic environment without any explanation why that then isn’t legalizing the use of illegal substances or if those who don’t use the areas would be arrested otherwise.

The government said the legislation aims to reduce the risks of disease transmission through unhygienic injecting, prevent overdose deaths and connect drug users with addiction treatment and other social services that are already available but which many don’t use.

Health Minister Andreas Xanthos said staff in these facilities will keep a record of the users and their operation will be determined by a ministerial decision.

The government’s central legislative committee is working on the draft legislation and, once finished, it will submit it to Parliament in a draft bill on the restructuring of the National Healthcare Service (ESY), said Kathimerini.

Supervised drug consumption facilities have been operating in Europe for several decades and have shown a reduction in overdose deaths and high-risk behavior by users but there was no explanation why drugs then aren’t legalized.

Residents near a major central park in Athens who complained about drug users were warned by anarchist sympathizers to leave them alone.

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