This is a first in France : in Strasbourg, Argos, the safest consumer room (more commonly known as the "shoot room") will be equipped to host some of its users. This experimental room has been open for two years. 450 people went there, with positive results: drug addicts who started a course of treatment are now twice as numerous.
But the city of Strasbourg and the Ithaca association, which takes care of the room, want to go further with the creation of this specialized emergency shelter. An initiative that exists in Germany or Canada, for example. "In the returns we have had, all the projects are going very well"It is easy to reassure Danièle Bader, director of Ithaca.welcome the most precarious public often in poor health and stigmatized because of drugs.
A particularly precarious public
From the opening of Argos, the nurses and social workers in the consumption room have encountered a big problem: more than half of the users have a precarious arrangement or they are also on the streets, for 22% of them. The current devices can not accommodate them, sometimes because of the dogs they have with them and often because of the use of drugs. Except this audience is fragile, somatic and psychic. 28% have, for example, HCV, hepatitis C virus.. "This virus is treated very well today, but the treatment takes time and to start it, having a roof is essential", explains Gauthier Waeckerlé, co-director of the Ithaca association, which manages the consumption room. In two years, even eight pregnant women have crossed the room. All were without permanent accommodation.
Ten beds: a temporary housing solution
A structure will open in the same building. The hall is now on the ground floor of the former municipal hospital, adjacent to the civil hospital. The two upper floors will be renovated and will house ten beds, at the beginning. The goal is to provide a roof, for one or two months, the time to do a treatment, to control dependency, to facilitate psychological assistance and above all to prepare for continuation, in in particular by helping users who wish to remain long-term.
theThe opening is scheduled for the end of 2019, in the best case. The development is expected to cost just over 400,000 euros and the operation (supported by the regional health agency) just under a million, which requires the current lower-risk consumer room.