Government plans to open 8 syringe exchange points in Tallinn.

Health Development Institute (TAI), plans to open up to eight syringe exchange points or "Harm reduction centers" in Tallinn at the cost of government financing. Cooperation with the Pohja-Tallinn administration has stalled, new points are also not expected in other areas in the future.

Last year, Raymond Kaliulaid, eder of Pohja-Tallinn, sued for open syringes exchange point for MTU Aidsi Tugikeskus at the address Paldiski mnt., 36a. And he won the trial. District court, despite the disagreement of residents, gave the right to provide service exactly at this address - in the public interest.

TAI conducted new thorough research of the drug addicts movement trajectory, during which it was found out that the place at the Paldisk highway is out of the way. Thus, despite positive court's decision, it was decided not to finance the syringes exchange point at this place, leaving the right to do substitution therapy. From last year to the present moment there is no syringe exchange point in Pohja-Tallinn, there is only the mobile point, which stops by there. Based on the research, TAI proposed to open a new point at Sitsi Street. This, in their assessment, "crossroads", located at the junction of the Copley, Karjamaa and Pelguranna neighborhoods.

But people, who live at Sitsi, showed activity: in the spring they created the "Sitsy society" and promise to fight the opening of this point by any means necessary. Arguments are the same as residents` of Eric, where a similar point was previously located: this is an apartment building with kindergartens and schools nearby.

TAI representative Alena Kurbatova explained that the goal is to provide the service as efficiently as possible, and where there are drug addicts. They are throughout the whole city. But on the basis of their places of residence and routes, five zones were identified, where new points should be opened. Together with two already existing loocated in the center of the city, they would be useful in Kristiine - on the border of Lillekul and Tondi, in Mustamae - on the border of Kadaka and Mustamae neighbourhoods, in Lasnamae - first of all at Seli, later - at Pae.

There are enough of drug addicts in both Astang and Manniku; there are plans to organize mobile syringe exchange points: special buses will run there once a week.

TAI also suggests that when there will be more such centers, it will dispel the main fear of the residents: instead of "all city addicts gather under their balconies", they will "be dispersed" on points.

The first such point - in Lasnamae - is planned to be opened this fall. The exact addresses of Eesti Paevaleht is not figured out yet.

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