Calls for heroin prescriptions and a safe drug room to be launched in Bristol

Bristol should open a safe room for monitored drug use and offer heroin on prescription to lower drug deaths, says one city councillor.

Green councillor for Cotham, and the city’s next Lord Mayor, Cleo Lake, believes offering drug users a safe place to get high will help curb Bristol’s worrying rise in drug related deaths.

Figures obtained from the Office of National Statistics show 41 people died from suspected drug related deaths last year in the city, with ten registered in October alone.

Long-term drug use leads to a host of associated health problems such as the transmission of blood borne viruses including HIV, hepatitis C (HCV) and hepatitis B (HBV). It is estimated that 66.4 per cent of injecting drug users in Bristol have hepatitis C – well above the national average.