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, offers several possible sites at Prime Minister Jean Castex, in a letter sent on Monday.
Anne Hidalgo offers in particular “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 Grands Boulevards district , “including one operational before the end of the year”, and a site for women drug addicts in the 19th arrondissement.
The opening of these sites should contribute, according to the mayor, to a “lasting solution to the problem of crack” in Paris, symbolized by the daily grouping of drug addicts on rue Riquet since access to the gardens of ‘Eole, near Stalingrad, was banned from them at the end of June.
For several months, Anne Hidalgo 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 elected Socialist.
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.
The possible candidate of the PS for the presidential election also proposes to “extend the hours of support” as well as “care and services” in the eight reception centers for drug addicts already open in the 18th arrondissement .
For all these new services, the mayor of the capital, who also asks “for the creation of equivalent places in other municipalities” of Greater Paris, calls on the Prime Minister on “the financing of these media devices. dico-social “.
It thus calls for “a significant increase in the means of the judicial police to fight against trafficking in cocaine and its derivatives (…), to dismantle the supply networks and to fight associated crime “.