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France to open first 'shooting gallery' for drug addicts

Shooting centres for drug addicts exist in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and SwitzerlandFrance’s health minister visited the country’s first “shooting gallery” for hard drug addicts on Tuesday as opposition politicians denounced the experiment at a hospital in northern Paris. The centre is “the culmination of a political battle that has not been easy,” Marisol Touraine said as she inspected the facility alongside Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, a fellow Socialist. Its opening will be “a very important moment in the fight against the scourge of addiction,” by allowing users to inject drugs in sanitary conditions, Touraine added.

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