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FEB 21, 2013 - The Economist

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Harm reduction: Shoots up and leaves

GENEVA’s junkies shun dingy back alleys for Quai9, a squeaky-clean, apple-green building near the railway station. Since 2001 it, like more than 80 others around the world, has offered a safe, hygienic place for injecting drugs. In the Netherlands users can pick from among 37 lawful “shooting galleries”; Germany has 26. North America and Australia have one apiece (in Vancouver and Sydney). France this month agreed to the country’s first, a trial project in Paris’s seedy Gare du Nord district.Jean-François Corty, one of its backers, says supervision can prevent overdoses. If clients “inject ... Read More

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