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19/03/2018

Recorded coverage of SNP MP Alison Thewlis introducing her Supervised Drug Consumption Facilities Bill in the Commons, from Wednesday 14 March.


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Thank you Madam Deputy Speaker.

Bling unlawful... Madam Deputy

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Speaker one of my constituents

mentioned to me on Monday that

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Glasgow Arty has consumption

facilities, it's close when it's

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rained, filthy waste ground. Public

toilets, where struggling uses can't

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modern dignity of privacy for as

long as it takes to inject. Far to

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often drug users will die as a

result. As a society we must do

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better and we can do much better

than that. There is that's a real

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and consistent issue in Glasgow. So

any drug-related deaths, 67 were

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registered in Scotland, and of those

so many in the city of Glasgow.

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People with long-term drug abuse

problem. . He would need to have

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them to engage in the health

services. This ageing population

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started taking drugs in the 1980s,

and are and deteriorate

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deteriorating health. This

population is complex, ... Hepatitis

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C, liver disease, epilepsy,

embolism, spit -- skin infection,

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depression or psychosis. This

population is vulnerable to

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overdoses, the Scottish drugs for

him to a larger group of older

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people with a drug problem. There

needs to be a recognition of this

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House that afternoon it --

abstinence -based programmes will

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not work for everyone. There needs

to be a programme for people have

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not managed to kick the drug

addiction in a previous decades.

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People using this facility is not in

treatment, and this facility will

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help them door and get support to so

stabilise their lives. The report

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reducing openers, published in

December 2016, the misuse of drugs

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recommends that considerations be

given to each UK country by local

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commissioners potential to reduce

deaths through the provision of

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medically supervised clinics and

areas a high concentration of

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injecting drug users. Furthermore,

they say that they have estimated to

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save more money than the cost,

thanks to the reduction of deaths by

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HIV, in addition to preventing AIDS

and deaths, more... No deaths from

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overdoses have ever appeared in such

facilities. Nana facility, Glasgow

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has a proposal. Drug laws are and

reserved for Westminster Scottish

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Ministers have requested for the

proposal to go ahead. This has not

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been granted. This proposal has

Rupert potential to reduce deaths

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and reduce the harm. Not just a

shooting gallery as some have

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suggested. Engagement with a

population that is not assisted very

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well at all. Some may say that this

is not a necessary expense. I say is

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that the opposite. For this in Casco

dosha in Glasgow there is a cost for

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treating, there's a cause an

emergency, hospital admissions,

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police dealing with complaints.

There is a significant case and

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cleaning up discarded needles.

Residents affected by problem none

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of their making. Some people are

paid to clean hundreds of yards of

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areas with discarded needles.

Syringes. Of course there is

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intangible costs in human lives. We

should consider all of these cost

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that we are currently incurring the

situation the House no one. I would

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like to touch on some limitations

up... The Glasgow proposal

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treatment... Also capacity and cost

issues Glasgow city centres has

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population of about 500 injecting

drug users. The partnership believes

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that this only capacity for 50, 40

to 64 Herring injecting individuals.

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Service crews required two sets of

licenses to operate. A premises

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licence, for individual doctors to

get to the size. It's not a simple

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process. Madam Deputy Speaker, to

operate back at facility en route it

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requires the consent of the whole

office. Hence my belt -- Mike Bill

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my bill. It is placed the Glasgow

health partnership. The support of

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this build comes from a range of

parties. In a letter I wrote to the

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Home Secretary, The Garnet and is

cross party spot across but... This

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facility is very much a step in the

right direction Madam Deputy

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Speaker. In my 11 years as it the

member in Glasgow the issue of drug

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taking has been a constant issue. I

have seen people pushing people

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around from benches... Have seen

residence at their wits end. Having

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blood, excrement and syringes on

their doorsteps regularly, daily. I

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have seen very vulnerable women and

men injecting in their growing in

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public places because I know place

to go. And hard-working families or

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have lost loved ones. If they had a

choice that would not have their

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loved ones dying alone. They would

have them supervise the medical soup

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-- facility. I cannot set that this

is the best we can do. It's

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unacceptable. We must try something

different. I accepted and may not

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work but we must at least try. Today

Madam Deputy Speaker, my question is

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to the UK Government is this.

Glasgow has a plan that could reduce

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harm to drug users and citizens.

Will Madam Deputy Speaker @ command

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this bill to

The question is can the

honourable member bring the... I

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think the ayes have it. Who will

prepare and bring the Bill?

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Supervised drug consumption facility

bill.

Second reading what date,

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Friday 22nd of April, thank you.

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