Jean Castex has given his agreement for the opening of new reception rooms for crack users. However, he has reservations for a theater project in the 20th arrondissement.
Jean Castex gave, Wednesday, September 15, the green light to the PS mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo to develop new reception sites, but expresses a reservation on the one planned near a school in the XXth arrondissement, in a letter that AFP got hold of it. “The creation of new places dedicated to reception and rest will be supported by the services of the State” subject to a suitable offer and location, writes the Prime Minister. Jean Castex wants to “offer consumers places of rest and a quality weaning course” and continue the deployment of “the offer of care” within the framework 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), called “shooting rooms”, a subject of political tension with residents, the four new sites proposed at the end of August by Anne Hidalgo have ” vocation to be part of the experimental framework offered by the law of January 24, 2016, which the government will take the initiative to extend “with the social security financing bill presented to the Council of Ministers on October 6.
The 2016 law authorized experimentation with 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 Gerald Darmanin and that of the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, whose 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 twentieth 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 would represent on a site adjoining an elementary school”, underlines the Prime Minister.
Derived from cocaine, very addictive and inexpensive, crack causes strong tensions in the north-east of Paris, where street consumption causes serious nuisance for the neighborhood. In mid-May, the prefecture and town hall had 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.
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