On Saturday, many residents of the 20th arrondissement of Paris gathered in front of the building of a former nursery school to protest against the project announced on Friday to install a room within it for drug addicts. It would be located near the Pelleport elementary school.
Dominique Boyajean, LR borough councilor, fears that crack users “come to consume near school” and that drug dealers are also moving.
Paris PS mayor Anne Hidalgo, who had pledged to open as of this summer a first place of specific care for crack users in the capital, proposed several sites possible to Prime Minister Jean Castex, in a letter sent at the end of August.
Anne Hidalgo notably proposed “a site adapted for day / night reception and a care activity” in the XXth arrondissement, “operational before the end of the year”, two sites in the district of Grands Boulevards, “including one operational before the end of the year”, and a site for women drug addicts in the 19th arrondissement.
For several months, the edile has been calling for the opening of new reception centers for drug addicts, combining care, accommodation and consumption areas. The right-wing opposition, for its part, is against the lower risk consumption rooms (SCMR) called “shooting rooms”, a term rejected by the socialist elected.
At the beginning of June, the office of the Minister of Health Olivier VÃ © ran had judged “positive” the results of the two structures of this kind tested in Paris and Strasbourg since 2016, and had explained wanting “to perpetuate “in common law these devices, whose experimentation was only planned until 2022.
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