JAN. 2019 - LUXEMBOURG TO OPEN DRUG CONSUMPTION ROOM NEAR FRENCH BORDER
Luxembourg will open a
safer drug consumption room (DCR) - the country's second - during the
first quarter of 2019, the health minister has announced.
The facility will open in
Esch-sur-Alzette, a commune by the French border. Minister of Health,
Étienne Schneider, said the location was chosen “because it is the
most populated city in the south of the country and it already
benefits from the presence of specialised services in the care of”
people who use drugs.
The government is also
considering opening a DCR in the northern town of Ettelbruck,
L'essentiel reports, but will first consult with the local
population. The government "does not intend to impose the
creation of a [DCR] against the will of the communal authorities,"
DCRs are successfully
operating in eight European countries, Canada, and Australia.
This is the latest
progressive drug policy move in the country. In June 2018, the
country legalised medical cannabis, and in November, the government
announced it would become the first EU country to legally regulate
the drug for recreational purposes.
January 25, 2019 by Avinash Tharoor