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Safe Injection Site to Open in Reykjavík Next Year

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Safe Injection Site to Open in Reykjavík Next Year

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A safe injection site is set to open in the City of Reykjavík next year, Vísir reports. Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir will put forth a bill to amend legislation on narcotic drugs early next year to ensure the legal changes necessary to realise the project.

The site was one of the recommendations made by a task force on ways to reduce the negative consequences and side effects of substance abuse. It will provide drug users with sterilised injection equipment as well as free basic healthcare services.

A budget of ISK 50 million ($404,000/€354,000) has been set aside for the project. The Welfare Department of the City of Reykjavík will take part in the initiative, while the Icelandic Red Cross will be responsible for operating the site.

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