Vatican official spells out stand against drug injecting rooms
In response to a request by the International Narcotics Control Board to explain the Church's opposition to medically supervised drug injection rooms, a Vatican official has argued that 'compassionate' solutions are more conducive to the preservation of human dignity than supervised drug use.
Monsignor Dominique Rézeau, head of the Holy See's delegation to the 44th Session of the UN Narcotics Commission in Vienna told the Commission that drug dependence is 'against life itself'. He underlined the gravity of drug addiction in the context of the degradation of the human person and the destruction of human dignity.
He said: "A human person has no right to damage himself and cannot and should not renounce his personal dignity bestowed upon him by God alone."
Monsignor Rézeau also claimed that injecting rooms do not bring about social reintegration of the addict.
He proposed therapeutic communities that liberate addicts, with a program that seeks out the roots of addiction and provides anti-drug education and preventative measures.