A hearing meeting of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament took place on 20 February 2019 to discuss draft law submitted by the Health Ministry. Among others, it includes various amendments of the Law 4139/2013 on drugs as well as a specific provision for the legal establishment of supervised drug consumption sites in Greece. The debate over the recent draft law is entitled “Private Clinics Statutory Framework, Modernization and Reformative recommendations, The National Public Health Organization establishment, the National Institute of Neoplasms and the other provisions establishment”.
Sofia Galinaki, Advocacy Officer of Diogenis and representative of the Greek organizations’ Platform for psychoactive substances, participated in the hearing, during which in cooperation with other Platform’s member organizations presented a series of proposals aiming to improve this legislative initiative.
Α relevant proposals’ memorandum was submitted on behalf of the Platform to the Committee and the Minister of Health, Mr A. Xanthos.
The second reading of the draft law by the Committee scheduled for 26 February 2019.
The current Law (in Greek) is available following this link>>>>
On 7 March 2019, the legal provision allowing the establishment of Drug Consumption Rooms in Greece was adopted by majority vote (229 ‘in favor’, 32 ‘against’ and 1 ‘present’) in the plenary session of the Parliament. According to this provision (Article 91, par.3) states that:
“The approved bodies of Article 51 (Law 4139/2013) can operate supervised drug consumption sites. Within these supervised drug consumption sites services for safer drug use and harm reduction and reduction of drug-related negative consequences are provided. The objective of supervised drug consumption sites’ operation is to promote the health of active drug users, to protect public health, to reduce the prevalence of infectious diseases among drug dependent individuals, to prevent and effectively address overdose cases through early intervention, to reduce public nuisance, to motivate and prepare drug users for entering treatment programs. Terms and conditions for the establishment and operation of supervised drug consumption sites, staffing and facility issues, the creation, compliance and operation of service recipients’ Registry record and every other related issue will be determined upon decision of the Minister of Health. The supervised drug consumption sites will operate following an authorization granted by decision of the Minister of Health. The possession and use of drugs from service recipients and within the supervised drug consumption site will not be considered a criminal offence provided that they are registered in the Service Recipients’ Record”