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POLITICS – PS mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who had pledged to open this summer a first place of specific care for crack users in the capital, offers multiple sites possible to Prime Minister Jean Castex, in a letter sent on Monday, August 30, of which AFP received a copy.
“It is high time to open 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 drug addicted women 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 opposition on the right is upwind against lower risk consumption rooms (SCMR) called “shooting rooms”, a term refuted by the elected socialist.
Sustain the systems after 2022
At the beginning of June, the office of Minister of Health Olivier Véran judged the results of the two structures of this kind tested in Paris and Strasbourg since 2016 as “positive”, and explained want to “perpetuate” in common law these devices, whose experimentation was only planned until 2022.
The possible PS candidate for the presidential election 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 to “finance 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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