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Entertainment In Paris, the "crack plan" is struggling to convince

17:00  28 october  2020
17:00  28 october  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

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Les premiers effets des actions menées dans le cadre du plan crack ne sont pas visibles. Les riverains s'impatientent. Un bilan sera tiré le 2 novembre. © Sipa

The first effects of the actions carried out within the framework of the crack plan are not visible. Local residents are getting impatient. A balance sheet will be drawn on November 2.

Standardize the concept of lower risk consumption rooms to facilitate its acceptance by local residents? In any case, the City of Paris would like to create several as part of the crack plan, developed with the Prefecture of Paris and the region, the Regional Health Agency (ARS), the Interministerial Mission for the fight against drugs and addictive behaviors. (Mildeca) and associations. "This responds to an essential need - to reach the most unclaimed users - and would make it possible not to focus on one place", explains Anne Souyris, the deputy to the town hall in charge of public health and risk reduction in particular , who wants "a territorial network" in the north-east of the capital with "small spaces rather than large structures" and a mobile space: a truck equipped to meet the most isolated.

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Four years after the opening of a first lower risk consumption room , backing onto the Lariboisière hospital (10th district), a second could open Porte de La Chapelle (18th district) where a rest area welcomes daily, since December, forty to sixty crack smokers; "one of the containers was planned for," recalls Léon Gomberoff, director of activities at the Aurore association. "There should also be areas for rest and consumption in the Reception and Support Centers for Risk Reduction for Drug Users (CAARUD), resumes Anne Souyris.

A new space planned in the 10th district

For the moment, the crack plan only provides for the opening of a new rest area at Bonne Nouvelle (10th) budgeted for 200,000 euros in 2020. Last year, it allowed the development of fifteen places in a care center. support and prevention in addictology (CSAPA) in Marx Dormoy (18th) and the opening of the rest room at Porte de La Chapelle which has 26 places and about fifteen employees for an operating budget of around 1 million d euros per year. The new actions and methods to be defined for 2021 will be discussed on November 2 during a meeting with all the stakeholders. This will also be the opportunity to draw an initial assessment of this action plan out of three years endowed with 9 million euros aimed at better supporting users crackers and prevent public disturbances.

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There are more and more 'crackers' everywhere

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After the dismantling, two years ago, of the Crack Hill - a drug trafficking camp at Porte de la Chapelle (18th ) - hundreds of drug addicts have dispersed like ashes in the north-east of the capital: from Porte d'Aubervilliers to Stalingrad (19th arrondissement) via the Eole gardens; from Château rouge to La Chapelle where the rest room, opened last December, saw no less than 5,000 crack smokers in a precarious situation. According to the French Observatory for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT), in 2015, 10,000 crack users attended the reception and harm reduction support centers for drug users (CAARUD) in the Paris region, including 8,400 in Paris and 1,000 in Paris. Seine-Saint-Denis.

In a few years, the consumption of this inexpensive drug derived from cocaine has exploded. "There are more and more 'crackers' everywhere with a high density on certain spots and in places where we did not see them before", reports Loïc Guézo, president of the collective La Chapelle Debout, "very dubious "on the crack front. "There are regular police operations that do not solve anything. It's like mopping a mop under a water leak. We would like to know how these millions of euros are spent because we are not seeing any improvement. . "

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Nearly 7 million euros invested in accommodation and medico-social care

Since the beginning of the year, 156 sellers or consumers of crack have been arrested in the 19th and the Railway Network Brigade has stopped more than 240 people linked to crack trafficking, according to the police headquarters. If they are not visible, "the first positive effects of the crack plan on the medico-social plan are already starting to be felt", assures the Prefecture of Ile de France.

The ASSORE system, which provides accommodation and medico-social care, has been reinforced to allow support for 426 crackpot smokers who were on the street; with hotel accommodation places almost tenfold in two years, this is the most important expenditure item: according to our information, in 2020, 1.7 million euros were invested for medico-social support and 5 million euros for accommodation. "That's twice as many places as expected and that really helped improve the follow-up," says Léon Gomberoff. This device has proved to be "successful" and should lead to the creation of 68 places in specialized accommodation units, according to the Prefecture. But the City is struggling to find the land.

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The patrols were also reinforced to the tune of 260,000 euros per year "to maintain a daily passage of five mobile teams on the sites in tension", explains the Town hall, while recognizing that the organization, disturbed by the health crisis, n is not yet efficient. For Léon Gomberoff, "we must be able to manage flows better by coordinating better". Last month, the Prefecture of Police evacuated 86 individuals from a disused tunnel near the Rosa Parks station (19th) on the instructions of the Minister of the Interior.

"These evacuations are catastrophic because social workers start from zero when the occupants are again scattered in nature", sighs Anne Souyris, who now wishes to quickly launch public consultation with the mayors of the arrondissements "to resolve the problem of security in Stalingrad ". According to her, this involves opening a lower risk consumption room to unclog the public space. At Lariboisière, the experiment was rather conclusive. "It is not magic, recognizes Anne Souyris, but there is better." For Jean-Raphaël Bourge, president of the local residents' association Action Barbès, "this room is useful - injections in the street and intrusions into buildings have greatly decreased - but it is saturating and we have new concerns with the arrival of crack users in the area. "

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