Increasing risks of public injecting in Melbourne

Researchers claim that public injecting in Melbourne suburbs Richmond and Abbotsford must be addressed with new health measures.

Data collected from key stakeholders identified increasing high rates of heroin-related overdose attendances by Ambulance Victoria; a fourfold increase in syringes picked up in street-sweeps; and greater risk to people re-using syringes because they cannot access sterile injecting equipment after hours and on weekends.

Among 13 recommendations made, the study highlights two main priorities: improving both access to harm reduction services and public amenity for people living and working in these areas.

Read more at Monash University