London, Thanasis Gavos

Glasgow City Council has approved plans to operate a site where controlled use of illegal drugs can take place.

The space will be located in a city health center, will be the first of its kind in the UK, and will be funded with £2.3 million following the approval of a government proposal by Scotland’s Holyrood local parliament.

As Glasgow public health officials explained, this particular facility will allow the use of substances in a clean and hygienic area, with trained staff ready to intervene in any need or problem that arises.

The plan emerged in an attempt by the devolved Scottish government to curb it spike in drug addict deaths, reaching 1,051 in 2022;

Health and therefore drug policy is a matter that falls within the remit of devolved governments in the UK.

The Scottish Government is therefore going ahead with the plan despite opposition from central government in Westminster.