France opens its first supervised injection centre for drug users
France inaugurated its first supervised injection facility for drug users on Tuesday, setting aside years of acrimonious debate over the merits of a strategy that has slowly gained traction since the Swiss embraced it three decades ago.
France's Socialist government pushed legislation permitting supervised injection centres through parliament last year. The world's first such facility opened in the Swiss city of Berne in 1986.
Health Minister Marisol Touraine described the move as a milestone in French public health strategy. Many European neighbours including Germany, the Netherlands,... read more