Melbourne’s first safe injecting room, clean, sterile and ‘will save lives’

ABC News, 29.6.18

Up to 300 people a day are expected to use Victoria’s first medically supervised drug injecting room when it opens in the coming days.

The Victorian Government committed to a two-year trial at the North Richmond Community Health Centre, after three separate coroners called for a supervised space.

Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said it would save lives.

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.

Richmond traders support mobile injecting centre plan

The Age, May 17, 2016 – 4:39PM

Ice and heroin dealing on Richmond’s drug-ravaged Victoria Street has become so flagrant that local traders are now supporting a proposal for a needle van.

In return for their support, the traders are demanding the CCTV cameras offered by the state government – and long rejected by the local council.

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Ireland to ‘decriminalise’ small amounts of drugs for personal use

The Independent, Tuesday 3 November 2015

Ireland will move towards decriminalising substances including heroin, cocaine and cannabis as part of a “radical cultural shift”, the country’s drugs minister has said.

Drug users will be able to inject in specially designated rooms in Dublin from next year.

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Safe injection facilities: more than just a place to shoot drugs

The Conversation, 4 March 2015, 9.53pm AEDT

A few years ago I visited a storefront building called InSite – the first supervised injection facility in North America. There, I saw first hand that, paradoxically, providing a safe place to take illicit drugs can be a key component to treating addiction.

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