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A Scottish HIV charity would back plans to establish an unofficial drug consumption room.

HIV Scotland said it would support individuals and charities operating a community-led facility if an official safe injecting room could not be established.

The UK government has resisted calls for change in the law which would allow drug consumption rooms.

And it has refused to allow Glasgow City Council to run a pilot scheme.

The Scottish government is leading calls for a law change to tackle a drugs death crisis but UK ministers have described the proposals as a “distraction”.

They say the focus should be on the dealers who “should face the full consequence of the law”.

In a statement first published in the Daily Record, HIV Scotland chief executive Nathan Sparling called for leaders to work together on the issue.

“Every drug death, and every new HIV transmission is preventable,” he said.

“That’s why we need the UK and 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.”

It follows reports that a drugs campaigner is trying to raise money to create a mobile drugs consumption room in Glasgow.

Peter Krykant told BBC Scotland’s Drivetime with John Beattie that he wants to turn a van into a “safe space” where users can take their own drugs under medical supervision.


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