A number of local areas are currently looking at the possibility of opening an OPC to reduce drug harms. NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, in particular, want to open an OPC in Glasgow to help tackle record drug deaths and an HIV outbreak. The UK Government is blocking them. This is despite support for OPCs from many health bodies, police, NGOs, the Government’s own expert scientific advisers, and unanimous cross-party support on Glasgow City Council.
A number of areas are considering going ahead without support from the UK Government, but with local lawful agreements.
There are also proposals for guerrilla OPCs, as happened in Denmark, Canada and other countries before legally sanctioned OPCs were opened there.