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At the end of the 90s, Vancouver, a city on the Canada’s west coast, saw a huge increase in injecting drug use and related harms, such as HIV infections and overdose deaths. The leaders of the city realised that punishment was not the solution - they adopted a four-pillar drug strategy to tackle the problems. Watch our video, to learn more about Vancouver’s revolutionary new approaches - InSite, the first legal safer consumption room in North America, and OnSite, the detox and social service centre!

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Copenhagen is home to thousands of heroin users who live on the streets. Overdose deaths and street drug use shocked the public. Now the city supports a mobile drug consumption room, so that drug users need not inject in public, but in a safer place where overdose deaths are preventable. Watch HCLU/Drugreporter’s movie!

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Frankfurt is one of the capitals of harm reduction in Europe. At one time, the streets were full of scenes of open drug use - in the early nineties, the city opened drug consumption rooms to reverse the overdose and HIV epidemics. Groups of drug users, called the Feger Flotte, collect drug litter from the streets.

Foto: Frankfurter Neue Presse, Rüffer

Zürich had a huge open drug scene in the early nineties, but the city adopted a four-pillar drug strategy and introduced new harm reduction services, including safer drug consumption rooms, and now the situation is normalised. The Swiss approach is a great success, reducing death and suffering, as well as street nuisance. Watch HCLU/Drugreporter’s movie!

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Barcelona opened drug consumption rooms in each of its districts, to provide an alternative place for drug users who injected on the streets. After initial opposition, local residents came to realise that this approach was successful in reducing drug-related harm to the whole of society.

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