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Shooting Galleries: Time To Change Our Drug Policy

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A hospital in Paris has opened that country’s first “shooting gallery,” a medically supervised facility where drug addicts can use their injection drugs in a safe, clean environment. The hospital provides clean needles and alcohol wipes, alternatives (such as methadone for a heroin addict in exchange for street drugs), and education. Patrons must bring their own drugs. France joins Australia, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, and Spain in hosting such programs. There are more than 92 facilities in 61 cities, over one-third in the Netherlands alone.…

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