Temporary mobile safe injection site

17.02.2021 - 13:33
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An interim measure in newly confirmed rules from the health minister will allow the temporary use of one Frú Ragnheiður vehicle as a safe injection site. The law changed last year to allow municipalities to run safe injection sites with the purpose of trying to minimise the negative impacts of drug addiction.

A safe injection site is, under the law, an environment in which individuals aged over 18 can inject drugs under the supervision of staff who ensure secure and sanitary surroundings and infection prevention measures. 

The Red Cross has run the Frú Ragnheiður service in Reykjavík since 2009, which provides clean needles and preventative health measures to vulnerable groups. 

The interim measure from the health ministry will remain in place until a permanent safe injection site opens. The Directorate of Health is responsible for granting municipalities permission to set up and run such facilities, in accordance with the law and directives. 

Municipalities are required to provide the Directorate with reports on the operation of safe injection sites every year, including details on how many people use them, their age and gender, and how often medication for drug overdoses has been administered. 

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