Prime Minister Jean Castex gave this Wednesday, September 15 the green light to Paris PS mayor Anne Hidalgo to set up new reception sites for crack consumers, but has a reservation on the one planned near a school in the XXth arrondissement, in a letter.
“The creation of new places dedicated to hospitality and rest will be supported by state services” subject to reservation. an offer and an adapted location, writes the Prime Minister. Jean Castex wants “to offer consumers places of rest and a quality weaning course” and to continue the deployment of “the offer of care” as part of the crack plan signed in 2019 between the State and the City.
If it does not explicitly mention the development of new lower risk consumption rooms (SCMR), say “shooting rooms”, subject of political tension with the residents, the four new sites proposed at the end of August by Anne Hidalgo are intended to be part of the experimental framework offered by the law of January 24, 2016, which the government will take from there. ???? initiative to extend “with the social security financing bill presented to the Council of Ministers on October 6.
The 2016 law authorized the experimentation of SCMRs until 2022. Two structures of this type have since been launched, in Strasbourg and in Paris. The question divided even within the government, between the hard line adopted by the Minister of the Interior GÃ © rald Darmanin and that of the Minister of Health Olivier VÃ © ran, whose the cabinet considered “positive” the results of the two structures.
Jean Castex, however, has reservations about one of these four new sites planned by the town hall, located a few meters from a school and on which the mayor of the XXth arrondissement, Eric Pliez, must explain himself Wednesday evening with the residents. “I am already calling your attention to the obvious difficulty that the creation of such equipment on a joint site would represent. elementary school “, underlines the Prime Minister.
Tuesday, the deputies Caroline Janvier (LREM) and StÃ © phane Viry (LR), in charge of a flash mission on the subject, considered the SMCRs “useful and effective” , but stressed that it was necessary to give priority to the opening of new theaters in neighborhoods where consumers are used to consuming in the street.
Derived from cocaine, very addictive and inexpensive, crack is causing great tension in the north-east of Paris, where street consumption causes serious nuisance for the neighborhood. In mid-May, the prefecture and town hall were agreed to bring together drug addicts in the north of the Eole gardens, a historic site of consumption on the border of the 18th and 19th arrondissements. , in order to relieve the residents of the neighboring area of Stalingrad.
But at the end of June, Anne Hidalgo decided to put an end to this temporary situation by banning crack users from entering the park, so that the inhabitants regain possession of it. Since then, “crack consumers and sellers have maintained their presence around the site and the scenes of violence such as nuisance to local residents have not stopped. © Â », underlines Jean Castex.