Our in-house psychiatrist, colleague and long-time friend of Paracelsus Recovery recently spoke to Tobias Marti and Giorgio Scherrer of Neue Zürcher Zeitung about his work for non-profit harm reduction organisations in Zurich.
Dr Thilo Beck is a pioneer in Zurich's drug policy and emphasises the urgent need for protected spaces where marginalised individuals can safely consume substances. The displacement of these centres reveals a systemic oversight, leading to a surge in drug consumption, mainly crack cocaine, in unexpected demographics. Beck advocates for a controlled, limited legalisation approach to drug consumption in specialised locations, stressing that repressive measures only exacerbate the risks.
The article raises pivotal questions about the future of drug policy and the well-being of individuals struggling with substance abuse, urging a reevaluation of current approaches. At Paracelsus Recovery, we adopt a harm-reductionist approach to substance abuse and believe Thilo's points could not be more critical.
We are sure his 30+ years of experience and insights will be helpful to anyone working in the mental health field. Find the full article --> here.