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Safer Injection Facility (R014770)

Thank you for your email dated 15 November in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

 

Copies of all correspondence to and from Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (GHSCP), Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in relation to their proposals for a “safer injection facility” for drug addicts in Glasgow? (ie correspondence from them to the Crown and correspondence to them, from the Crown)?

I can confirm that COPFS does hold three emails between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, COPFS and the Scottish Drugs Forum regarding proposals for a safer injection facility.

The first email is from the Scottish Drugs Forum dated 26 May 2016 to a doctor at NHS GG&C Addiction Services,  and copied to COPFS. It suggests that it may be helpful to include COPFS in communications about proposed safer injection facilities in Scotland. 

The second email is a reply from NHS GG&C Addiction Services on 26 May inviting COPFS to send a representative to a Harms group meeting in Glasgow on 16 June 2016. The email suggests it would be helpful to have a COPFS perspective at the meeting where the need for safe injecting facilities and heroin assisted treatment would be discussed.  

The third email is a reply from a Procurator Fiscal Depute dated 31 May 2016 accepting the invitation on behalf of two COPFS staff. 

It should be noted that acceptance of an invitation to a meeting where this proposal was to be discussed was not an endorsement of the proposal itself. Misuse of Drugs legislation remains a reserved issue and any such scheme has a number of different policy considerations that the Scottish Government will want to consider in detail. The Lord Advocate has yet to receive a detailed proposal in relation to any such scheme.