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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HIV rates in Indigenous communities described as a looming crisis

PM, ABC Radio,Tuesday, December 1, 2015 18:25:52

Infectious disease experts are worried that HIV rates are rising in Indigenous communities because education campaigns are having little impact.

New HIV cases among Aboriginal people are occurring at one-and-a-half times the rate of the non-Indigenous population.

Doctors say injecting drug use is becoming more common in Aboriginal communities, and many HIV-positive Indigenous people aren’t getting tested.

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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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Ice part of a complex picture of substance use in LGBTI communities

Star Observer, January 6, 2015

A bid to make services for substance users in Victoria more inclusive of trans* and gender diverse people highlights the complex picture often missed by an LGBTI community focused on the impacts of ice.

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