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'Drug Room' Considered - A WAB Debate

Wednesday October 30 2013

A COUNCIL in England has become the first to officially consider opening a 'drug consumption room', where addicts can freely take heroin and crack cocaine without the fear of prosecution.

The facility would help reduce deaths and encourage addicts away from shooting up in public places, according to Brighton and Hove Council.

A bad idea, or a good one? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by britains going to shit on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 17:37
Wont solve nothing. Addicts still have to find funds for there drugs and if theres no fear of prosecution then crime will go up with the number of addicts. What about the ones that are too ashamed to go in the place theyll still be shooting up on streets and near parks and abandoned buildings. Heroin and crack cocaine are a lifestyle choice along with rest of illegal drugs. If you get caught wi any of it you should end up in court and face a prison sentence. Those drugs ruin towns cities and the lives of those around them

Reply Posted by christine on Thursday February 13 2014 at 19:07
well said it wont solve anything I couldn't have said it any better.. there losing the plot... Sadly we hate that drugs are taken but i certainly wouldn't encourage this room idea..they should ask all residents of the town concerned before they make a decision.

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 17:59
why do we want to prevent deaths? this countries gone soft there is absolutly nothing gained from heroin. kill the lot of them i say, no matter what the circumstance.

Reply Posted by swampy on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 18:11
R tell em theres from free smack n crack goin, gerrem all int rooim then chain em all to wall n mek em all gu cold turkey.

Reply Posted by Mel on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:07
Am I reading this right!!? Please tell me it's a joke....

Reply Posted by drug free on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:12
a junkie will take his gear anyware,its just encouraging them to keep them on it,what they should do is stamp it out and make prison sentances tougher for uses

Reply Posted by omg on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:30
Would be great if they went in the room and there was no exit!!!!!

Reply Posted by omg on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:32
And could we have the spelling police in please?

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:32
the uk has gone mad drugs are illegal and cause nothing but misery and heartache for the users family if addicts want to ruin their lives then so be it but to make it easy for them the joker who thought this up needs their head examining by a professional

Reply Posted by A on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:41
They're going to do it regardless. All this is doing is getting them off the streets and into a controlled environment. Would you rather the needles and foil be scattered around the local parks or on the streets for children to pick up? This is stopping the spread of infection, viruses and potentially life threatening diseases! There's no way that the government will ever be able to stop the use of illegal dr;gs and I certainly don't condone it, they will never be able to prosecute every person who takes drugs and to be honest this is a cheaper way to spend our taxes than put every one in prison and pay to keep them. As I said I don't agree or condone the use of any illegal substance but this keeps it controlled, safer than on the streets and away from children and young people. The ones who take strong drugs like heroin probably didn't want this life for themselves and took the wrong path in life, they don't deserve to get diseases such as hepatitis, nobody does and this is a step forward in preventing that risk. Fair play to the government for recognising that you can't stop it and at least getting it off the streets!
As for those who will be 'too ashamed' to go there, once they have got to that point in their life they really don't have much left! This isn't making it alright to do it, it's keeping it controlled.
Can I ask, if you go to a pub and appear to be too drunk are you refused? Yes. Because alcohol is a drug, though legal. If alcohol was introduced now and had never been, it would be illegal as it is a drug that if you take too much alters your state.
These places for drug addicts to go is keeping it controlled, away from those who it shouldn't be around (a bit like a pub?) and with someone there to monitor it. As I said it cannot be stopped but at least we can reduce the risks caused!

Reply Posted by omg on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:47
And who is to fund the heroin.... i believe more money be spent on early interventions

Reply Posted by maddy on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 20:56
Never heard ov owt as funny lmfao...this country is going bonkers...thought were supose to be helping people off drugs not encourage it...ffs lol

Reply Posted by ash on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 22:27
so = Do

Reply Posted by Voodoo on Thursday October 31 2013 at 08:20
A - I agree with your views. I think yours is the only balanceed view on this thread.

Gail Platt - I hope nobody in your family ever sucumbs to drug addiction.

And no I ain't a 'dirty smack rat' .

Reply Posted by baz on Thursday October 31 2013 at 08:54
they be giving them the drugs soon to stop thieving

Reply Posted by me on Thursday October 31 2013 at 10:12
Membership now been taken.

Reply Posted by j on Thursday October 31 2013 at 10:22
Agree A & Voodoo - there but for the grace of God go I, or one of mine!

Reply Posted by Voodoo on Thursday October 31 2013 at 10:28
@j - My sentiments exactly. Unfortunately, this is WAB so expect the usual 'dirty druggies' comments.

Reply Posted by ann on Thursday October 31 2013 at 11:09
So that means more crime

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Thursday October 31 2013 at 13:32
If a driver commits an offense, in some instances they are offered a Driver Awareness Programme where instead of getting a fine and points on their licence, they instead pay a fee to attend the programme and are taught skills to make them a better driver.
Rather than a fine or custodial sentence, could the drug offender not be placed on a drug treatment course where it is residential and they pay either their wages or benefits instead.
It is in employers interests to allow employees to attend such a course and in the public interest to reduce crime.

Reply Posted by 2anm on Thursday November 7 2013 at 12:11
employers... not trying to type cast too much but a reckon it will be a small percentage of heroin users who can don the title 'employee'

Where would this centre be (Not just 'in Brighton', but where in Brighton - In Barnsley we are in a state if a traveller encampment is there for a few days, what about a centre where everyone is coming out full of smack? - stick it next to my grandparents or a nursery please!?!)

Reply Posted by barnsley bob on Thursday November 7 2013 at 12:46
barnsley could do with several of these rooms.its the drug capital of yorkshire.drugs and alcohol are away of life in this quaint little yorkshire town that deserves the title of yorkshires smackhead paradise where all smackheads can relax and feel at home among other smackheads.

Reply Posted by darton dave on Thursday November 7 2013 at 12:57

Reply Posted by Mum of three on Friday November 15 2013 at 18:56
Please don't even think about bringing something like this to Barnsley.
Its bad enough without making a facility where it is OK to take it.
I worry because its as if no one is shocked by anything anymore.

Reply Posted by WTF on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:22
wtf are you thinking of doing Barnsley has a big enough drug problem without giving addicts a risk free centre to use . if they OD that is their choice and in reality will reduce the drug problem by one for each that OD's

Reply Posted by me on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:48
do tell my it's a joke. A council actually aiding and abetting drug abuse. It is illegal to carry un prescribed class A or B drugs and a council is offering an Amnesty for those that take them in the council approved facility? the Law says it is illegal what gives any council the right to legalise it in a given place

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Monday November 25 2013 at 23:54
You may feel differently if/when one of these lowlife subhumans forces entry to your home, roots through your private and personal posessions, that you went to work and toiled for & takes them, to sell for a fraction of their worth, for their own idiotic selfish, self-inflicted addiction. It's because of people who tolerate and defend these scumbags, that we're now surrounded by them. Remember to lock your doors and windows, sleep tight..

Reply Posted by my god on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 00:03
If that's happened to you then I understand your anger,I would be enraged too. But gassing? That's vile and hope no one else would condone it either.

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 00:09
What they do is vile too. They made that decision. They're going underground anyway, most of them. Just accelerate the process & restrict the misery that they inflict upon their countless victims. What happens in court? Yet another slap on the wrist for mugging another old lady. More cost to us taxpayers. You know it makes sense.

Reply Posted by my god on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 00:19
Yes your post does make sense, but not gassing! That makes you worse than the druggies themselves and on a par with Hitler. Sorry but you're wrong on that bit.

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 16:42