The UK Government have announced that they will not block plans for a drug consumption room pilot in Scotland.

Alistair Jack stated that Westminster will not intervene and there were no plans to devolve drugs laws to Holyrood. 

It was argued by campaigners that drug consumption rooms where people are able to inject illegal drugs under supervision will reduce overdose deaths and public injecting. This was also backed up by a number of medical groups as a harm reduction measure. 

Although, people are opposing this as they claim that it sends out the wrong message about the dangers of drugs. This is because there is no safe way to take illegal drugs as it damages communities. 

Previously the Home Office Affairs Committee at Westminster suggested that the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 should be amended to allow a pilot project to run in Scotland but this was simply rejected by the Home Office. 

The Minister announced that the proposed site is going to be in Glasgow City Centre because it was found that around 400 and 500 people inject drugs within a city centre alleyway. 

Councillor Allan Casey of Glasgow City Council told the BBC Radio Scotland that a public consultation would be held if the proposals are agreed by the Integration Joint Board