Andrews Government backflips on safe injecting room trial because current drug policy ‘not working’

ABC News, 31/10/2017

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said he changed his mind about supporting a safe injecting room trial in inner Melbourne because a jump in the number of overdoses showed the current approach was failing.

The Government has confirmed it will hold a two-year trial a centre at heroin hotspot North Richmond under a bold plan that includes tougher penalties for drug traffickers.

The medically supervised service will be run at North Richmond Community Health, which is already handing out a million syringes every month.

Australian government ice campaign stigmatising users, inquiry told

The Guardian Australia,

Gay men who are HIV positive are more than four times as likely as the general population to use ice but government funded campaigns are further stigmatising users, a parliamentary inquiry into the drug has heard.

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