POLICY – The mayor PS of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who had committed to opening this summer a first place of specific care for crack users in the capital, offers several possible sites to Prime Minister Jean Castex, in a letter addressed Monday, August 30, which AFP has had a copy of.

“It is high time to open the additional places of care that will allow these people to get out of the streets and their dependence”, insists the mayor who presented “four solutions” to elected officials, associations and residents of the northeast. Parisian at a new meeting on the subject Monday evening.

Anne Hidalgo notably offers “a site suitable for day / night reception and a care activity” in the 20th 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 “lastingly solve the problem of crack” in Paris, symbolized by the daily grouping of drug addicts on rue Riquet since access to the Eole gardens, near Stalingrad, their was banned 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, on the other hand, is against the safe consumption rooms (SCMR) known as “shooting rooms”, a term refuted by the elected socialist.

At the beginning of June, the office of the Minister of Health Olivier Véran had judged the results of the two structures of this kind tested in Paris and Strasbourg since 2016 as “positive”, and had explained that they wanted to “perpetuate” in common law these devices, including the experimentation was only planned until 2022.

The possible PS presidential candidate also proposes to “expand the hours of care” 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 calls for “the creation of equivalent places in other municipalities” of Greater Paris, calls on the Prime Minister on “the financing of these medico-social devices”.

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”.

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