Drug Consumption Rooms. Advocacy & the Reality Check. 5th European Harm Reduction Conference.

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5th European Harm Reduction Conference took place in Prague 10-12 November 2021.

Born from the opioid crisis in the late 1980s / early 1990s, as Europe’s open drug scene emerged, a couple of cities established drug consumption rooms (DCRs) to tackle the health and public order threats for the individual and the general public. Over the past 30 years, some cities have managed to overcome the opiate and HIV epidemics with their drug strategy, improving life quality in the city. At the same time, many countries have not yet introduced this measure, while a couple of countries are ready to open such a facility now or in the near future.

The session discusses critical factors for the success or failure of implementing drug consumption rooms, and advocates address their (success) stories to get a DCR on track in their country/city.


-Pushing Boundaries & Crossing Borders | Tony Duffin [Ana Liffey Drug Project] & Eugene McCann [Simon Fraser University, Department of Geography] 4:53

-The First UK (unsanctioned) Safe Injection Facility: Notes from a Van | Gillian Shorter [Queens University Belfast, Drug & Alcohol Research Network] 10:55

-Community Perceptions surrounding Lisbon’s Mobile Drug Consumption Room | Hanna Taylor [GAT, Grupo de Ativistas en Tratamentos] 17:20

-Lisbon’s Mobile Drug Consumption Room: Client and Professionals Satisfaction | Angela Leite [GAT, Grupo de Ativistas en Tratamentos] 23:15

-Supervised Consumption Program in Lisbon: Implementation and Preliminary Results | Ines Pereira [Ares do Pinhal] 31:05

-Past, Present & Future: DCRs in The Netherlands | Jorn Dekker [De Regenboog Groep] 36:45

-DCRs Since 20+ Years | Janine Lanz [City of Zurich] 41:34

Moderated discussion with all speakers 49:33
See URL links below to recording. English and Russian
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCorrelation European Harm Reduction Network
Media of outputFilm
Size1 hour 37 mins
Publication statusPublished - 06 Dec 2021


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