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.

AoD and harm minimisation with Gender and Sexually Diverse (GSD) people

Mental Health Professionals’ Network, January 2018

You are invited to the next Adelaide Gender and Sexually Diverse (GSD) Mental Health network meeting:

AoD and harm minimisation

Featuring expert guest speakers from the AOD sector

Thursday, 8 February 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Glenside Hospital Learning Centre, 226 Fullarton Rd, Glenside

Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP essential.

 

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.

Changes to CNP services in SA

SA Health, October 2017

From 1 January 2018, Mission Australia Hindmarsh Centre after-hours Clean Needle Program (CNP) service component (Monday to Friday 5pm to 8pm) will discontinue. However, the daytime CNP service at the Hindmarsh Centre, provided by Hepatitis SA staff will continue Monday to Friday 1.30pm to 5.00pm, with syringe vending machine services available 24 hours per day 7 days per week until 30 June 2018.

The following expanded after-hours CNP service options will become available to clients in the Adelaide metropolitan area in October and November 2017:

  1. NEW  Uniting Communities Hendon CNP service details – opening Monday 9th October 2017:
  • 45-47 Tapleys Hill Rd, Hendon (ph) 8202 5610
  • After-hours CNP service Monday to Sunday 5.00pm to 12.00am (midnight).
  • Daytime CNP service Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
  • 1 x syringe vending machine available 24 hrs per day 7 days per week from mid-October onwards
  1. NEW Thursday night DASSA Central Stepney after-hours CNP service details – opening Thursday 16th November 2017:
  • 91 Magill Rd, Stepney (ph) 7245 5080
  • After hours CNP service Thursdays only 5.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Daytime CNP service Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • 2 x syringe vending machines available 24hrs per day 7 days per week.

Syringe vending machines continue to be available 24hr per day 7 days per week at the following locations in SA:

  • NORTH – DASSA Northern Service, 22 Langford Drive, ELIZABETH.
  • SOUTH – Noarlunga Health Village, Alexander Kelly Drive, NOARLUNGA
  • EAST – DASSA Central Service, 91 Magill Rd, STEPNEY
  • WEST – Hindmarsh Centre, 35 Richards St, HINDMARSH.

Free community CNP sites across South Australia:

  • For a complete list of all free community CNP sites across South Australia, type “Clean Needle Program SA” into the Google search bar and then click on the link for “Clean Needle Program Sites List – SA Health”.
  • OR  call  the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1300 131 340

For further information:

Please contact the Clean Needle Program by phoning (08) 7425 5080

 

 

People who use drugs require prioritisation not exclusion in efforts to eliminate Hepatitis C

6th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users,  6th Sept 2017

An international conference bringing together hepatitis C experts from around the world is today calling for strategies to prioritise people who use drugs, saying hepatitis C elimination is impossible without them.

“The number of people around the world dying from hepatitis C is increasing. We have the tools to reverse this trend, to eliminate this disease and save millions of lives. But it will not happen until people who use drugs become a focus of our efforts,” said Associate Professor Jason Grebely, President of the International Network of Hepatitis C in Substance Users (INHSU), the convenors of the conference.

 

Study suggests drug criminalization undermining global HIV/AIDS efforts

Medical News Today, May 2017

The criminalization of drugs is a leading factor in the world’s HIV epidemic and a potential barrier to eradicating HIV/AIDS, say researchers who’ve undertaken a sweeping review of research on laws and policies prohibiting drug use. Assistant professor Kora DeBeck of SFU’s School of Public Policy, who is a research scientist with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is co-lead of the study, published in The Lancet.