Had a good day editing (Luke did all the tech stuff of course!) our last bit of filming for our Drug Consumption Room documentary. Got interviews with Jakob Huber (director of ContactNetz & founder of the 1 st DCR in Berne) Robert Hemmig (MD, psychiatrist & psychotherapist, president of the Swiss Society for Addiction Medicines who works with Jakob) and Neil Hunt (honorary researcher university of Kent, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, author of the last UK report on DCRs with the JRF). I must say I am in ore of these guys and the work they have done. Pioneering work from Jakob & Robert with outstandingly positive results. Their interventions kept people alive & as healthy as possible whilst in the throes of their addictions. Not everybody is ready for ”recovery”. So how do you deal with these individuals? Do you let them slowly destroy themselves & brush the issue under the carpet? They are extremely vulnerable & deserve to be treated accordingly. They don’t want to stop injecting yet. We already give out injecting equipment knowing it will be used with street drugs. Why can’t we provide a safe & hygienic environment as well?. I can remember a speech by the Swiss Health Minister a few years ago. She was astonished DCRs weren’t available worldwide. She fully realised drug use should be prioritised as a health matter. Isn’t it time we follow suite? DCRs will save the NHS money, there is no doubt about it. The costs of running a DCR will far outweigh the costs of treating injecting drug use complications (treating ulcers, DVT, abscesses, infections requiring antibiotics & hospitalisation, venous & arterial surgeries, dealing with ODs, treatment for HCV & HIV & the list goes on). But wait, I’m ranting again!!! So, what are your views on DCRs?