Heroin Addiction

Scotland’s first heroin remedy clinic for addicts to open – BBC Information

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The patients inject the diamorphine into the mirrored treatment area under close observation of the nursing staff

Scotland's first pharmaceutical-grade heroin administration program to drug addicts is scheduled to open in Glasgow city center.

The £ 1.2m Enhanced Drug Treatment Service (EDTS) is the first in Scotland and the second in the UK.

The pilot project aims to treat 20 patients with the most severe, long-lasting and most complex dependence in the first year and 40 in the second year.

The facility aims to reduce street drug use, overdose deaths and the spread of HIV in the city.

The first patients to begin treatment with diamorphine, the clinical name, for heroin in pharmaceutical grade by the end of the year.

You must visit the clinic licensed by the Ministry of the Interior twice a day.

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Patients receive a prescription for a diamorphine injection to administer themselves under the strict supervision of the clinical staff.

Patients also receive medical care such as psychological support and treatment for infections or abscesses and receive access to social benefits.

A spokesman for the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) said that EDTS would focus on people whose addictions affected their own health the most and who had the most impact on their communities, public services and communities the city center had.

Those who have been selected for treatment will already be involved in Glasgow's homeless addiction team and have received conventional treatments that may include methadone, community addiction services and rehabilitation in residential areas.

Record Death Rates

Last year, there were an estimated 13,600 problem drug users in Glasgow, and the additional costs of NHS caused Glasgow and Clyde over £ 29m.

Drug-related deaths in Scotland rose to 1,187 in 2018, a record level and the highest reported rate per capita in the EU.

A Heroin treatment center in Middlesbrough, on Teesside, was the first of its kind opened in the UK last month.

Similar schemes in Vancouver and Zurich have shown that patients can progressively switch from diamorphine injections to oral treatments, which allows more patients to be treated at the clinic.

Saket Priyadarshi, Assistant Medical Director of Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services, said it was a much needed addition to the treatment and care services already available in Glasgow.

"We have known for some years that there are people who continue to suffer despite conventional treatment.

" It is only appropriate that, as in other areas of medicine, addiction patients may be the next Offer treatment line.

"The heroin-assisted treatment is a highly evidence-based intervention and is carried out with intensive psychosocial support to meet the broad range of harm and social care needs that this population experiences."

"Chaotic lifestyles"

Unlike "fix rooms," which provide a safe, clean space for drug addicts to consume their own drugs, the EDTS offers to take diamorphine for patients under the care of the nursing staff.

Glasgow City Council, which has been trying to fight the worst HIV outbreak in the UK for 30 years, first proposed setting up a facility or facility for safe drug use three years ago, but has so far refused was approved by the Home Office, as the British drug laws are reserved for Westminster.


Susanne Millar, Interim Chief Officer of GCHSCP, said the partnership hopes to reduce the impact of addiction on families

A report from the Scottish Affairs Committee recently concluded that "there is a solid evidence base for safe drinking facilities in Glasgow that would be a practical step towards reducing the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland."

Susanne Millar, chair of Glasgow's Alcohol and Drug Partnership and Interim Chief Officer of GCHSCP, said an increase in drug-related deaths and non-fatal overdoses in the city required "innovative treatments."

It addresses people with the most chaotic lifestyles and serious addictions that have not responded to existing treatments, "she said.

" People may wonder why healthcare heroin for addicts the answer is that we can not afford not to give it up.

"We are not just striving to save it. We also want to reduce the spread of HIV and the effects of addiction on Glasgow's families and communities."

Reduced pressure on front line health and law enforcement agencies and reduced the number of people affected. Social behavior and drug-related crime, Millar added.

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