Every drug death, and every new HIV transmission is preventable.

That’s why we need the UK & Scottish Governments, the Lord Advocate, Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to work together to ensure that a Drug Consumption Room can become a reality in Scotland. If this does not happen, we will have no option but to support individuals and charities in operating community-led services that will save lives.

Citizen-operated drug consumption rooms are not a new concept – activists have been at the forefront in setting up these life-saving facilities across the world. In 2018, I heard from Nanna Gotfredsen at a Recovering Justice event in the Scottish Parliament hosted by Pauline McNeill MSP. Nanna set up drug consumption rooms in Denmark, which have gone on to become state-supported facilities.

It feels like a damning indictment of UK Government policy that activists in Scotland are being forced to take action. Setting up a citizen-operated drug consumption room comes with its own risk, financially and legally. These risks should not be required, given our largest Health Board and Glasgow City Council stand ready to open such a facility.