The UK’s first drug consumption space was in Bristol today.
The people behind the drug consumption space – a converted ambulance – call it an Overdose Prevention Centre and say it would provide hygienic spaces where, instead of injecting in the street, people use their drugs while supervised by staff trained to treat any overdose.
Staff of the OPC provide sterile needles, basic healthcare and can refer people to drug treatment and other services.
The Overdose Prevention Centre has previously been in Glasgow for most of 2021, where its founder Peter Krykant said he and its staff helped supervise more than 1,000 injections by people using illegal drugs, and treated multiple overdoses.
The mobile drug consumption van was in front of City Hall on College Green, before being set up initially at a location just off Stokes Croft, near the Bristol Drugs Project in Brunswick Square just for today.
The launch on College Green was accompanied by the unveiling of a memorial to remember people who have died as a result of drugs.
Take a look inside the van by checking out our pictures below.