Brussels plans massive centre for drug addictsFriday, 07 December 2018 11:14
Vervoort said he had been influenced by the situation in Portugal, where hard drugs have been decriminalised since 2000. Vervoort visited Portugal himself, and found that “The number of addicts has, to many people’s surprise, gone down, and drugs networks have shrunk,” he said.
The Brussels drugs centre would take an integrated approach, including as well as a users’ centre – where drug addicts can continue to use drugs in safe and hygienic conditions, thus helping to prevent spread disease – also a multidisciplinary team offering a variety of social, legal, medical and psychological services.
The centre – covering an area of some 3,500 square metres – would also allow addicts to wash themselves and their clothes and be fed. It would also provide an emergency live-in service during which, for a maximum period of 12 days, users could be treated, have their drug use stabilised and later be referred to a hospital for more long-term care, as well as making use of a service to bring them into line with social security requirements.
The centre, to be known as Transit, has the support of the Brussels-City commune, the Brussels-Ixelles police zone and the prosecutor’s office for the Brussels judicial area.
The Brussels Times
Theo Francken, a Flemish nationalist candidate in Belgium’s parliamentary elections, said that if Sunday’s vote confirmed a trend of partisan differences between the country’s regions, confederalism would have to be put on the negotiating table.
Archaeologists from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in collaboration with the Turkish University of Burdur have reconstituted the faces…
The language skills of college students are declining, according to research by Odisee, reported by De Standaard on Monday.
The Brussels’ Saint-Jacques neighbourhood, a preferred nightlife spot for members of the LGBTQ community, has created a nightlife charter, the…
On thirty different locations all over Brussels, the movement Fifty Shades of Racism used graffiti tags to show that racism…