THE SNP conference has backed a call to decriminalise drug taking to allow a consumption room to be opened in Glasgow to cut down fatal overdose rates.

Last year there were a record 280 drug related deaths in Glasgow.

Alison Thewliss, Glasgow Central MSP called for radical action to tackle the drug death crisis.

“There has not been a single death in a drug consumption room anywhere in the world,” she said.

However, she said if we were to open on in Glasgow staff would face prosecution under the Misuse of Drugs act 1971.

She said it was an “outdated law”

Ms Thewliss added: “We need control of drug laws and we need it now.”

The call was echoed by Glasgow councillor Mhari Hunter, the city’s health and social care convener.

She who said the drug death statistics were “horrific” but the UK Government was “doubling down “in its opposition to drug consumption rooms.

Ms Hunter said those at risk of drug related death should have the same help and treatment available as anyone at risk of death from cancer or heart disease.

The resolution was passed unanimously by the conference.

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