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'Be brave' on drugs rooms call, Sands Cymru chief urges

Politicians need to be "be brave" when considering the introduction of drug consumption rooms - where addicts can inject heroin and cocaine without fear of arrest - according to the chief executive of a pioneering substance misuse agency.

Ifor Glyn, of Sands Cymru in Swansea, said the UK's drugs laws "have not worked" so drug consumption rooms should be considered as a way to help save lives and improve communities.

Mr Glyn is backing a call by county Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner for such rooms to be introduced permanently.

It follows pilot studies in Darlington, London and Brighton and comes as police in Denmark say a similar scheme there has had a "dramatic" impact in saving lives.

BBC Wales Gilbert John visited Sands Cymru and spoke to a former user as well as Mr Glyn.

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  • 30 Oct 2013
  • From the section Wales
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