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Switzerland's parks were at one time notoriously packed with heroin addicts. Lyssandra Sears meets with one of the world's leading drug experts to find out how the Swiss broke with convention and cracked the problem.

Read the full article: The battle at Needle Park: a success story

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Switzerland's parks were at one time notoriously packed with heroin addicts. Lyssandra Sears meets with one of the world's leading drug experts to find out how the Swiss broke with convention and cracked the problem.

Read the full article: The battle at Needle Park: a success story

This is complete and utter rubbish. To say that "Switzerland's parks" were "packed with heroin addicts" simply is a lie ! It was just one park, "Platzspitz", the one behind Zch-HB . The other ones were not affected. Sensation-mongering and distorting realities cannot be the way !
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This is complete and utter rubbish. To say that "Switzerland's parks" were "packed with heroin addicts" simply is a lie ! It was just one park, "Platzspitz", the one behind Zch-HB . The other ones were not affected. Sensation-mongering and distorting realities cannot be the way !
There were ample parks around the country which were indeed packed with addicts....sure it wasn't every park but certainly many were affected.
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Re: The battle at Needle Park: a success story

The "out of sight, out of political mind" story surfaces again. The misery of drug abuse never diminishes, it just changes address frequently. A family member worked for one of the organizations supplying methadone and the amount of users has not reduced at all in recent years.
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The "out of sight, out of political mind" story surfaces again. The misery of drug abuse never diminishes, it just changes address frequently. A family member worked for one of the organizations supplying methadone and the amount of users has not reduced at all in recent years.
I recently noticed a visible increase in drug abusers loitering the streets as well as more random used needles laying around. I guess it going to be the early 90s all over again.
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The "out of sight, out of political mind" story surfaces again. The misery of drug abuse never diminishes, it just changes address frequently. A family member worked for one of the organizations supplying methadone and the amount of users has not reduced at all in recent years.
That's hardly an argument against the controlled contribution of methadone and heroin. The "out of sight, out of PUBLIC mind" issue was
also brought forward by the junkies at that time as they feared assaults
as soon as they disappear from the radar.

So, what did change?
- Almost no junkie kicks the bucket on the street
- less people dying because of dirty stuff (percentage of heroin in the sold
substances on the street < 20%)
- less stress in finding money and drugs, therefor less drug related-crime
- less police forces chasing junkies through the whole city, instead they
can focus on more important things
- less dirt, parks can be used again
- SVP can't campaign at the cost of the junkies (one of the reasons why
the SVP isn't really popular in Zürich City and lost elections for decades)
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Re: The battle at Needle Park: a success story

After the police closed Kocher Park in Berne, the addicts moved to the footpath in front of the Bundeshaus (Swiss Parliament)! THEN the city of Berne found a place for them to do it out of the public eye, you can see it from the trains going to Zurich, Basel, Biel, Thun,

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