A man injects drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Feb. 6, 2019.
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In the midst of a public health crisis, with increasing rates of death from opioid overdose, the Ontario government is clawing back life-saving measures.
An injecting centre has been set up in Victoria after years of requests from the local community.
An injecting centre provides the setting and the possibility for a new type of connection with drug users.
A safe injecting facility is a priority for Melbourne, but more can be done Australia wide.
The parliamentary inquiry into establishing an injecting room in Victoria has failed to make any recommendations. This is despite finding drug use is at crisis levels in the area.
Tens of thousands of Australians have been cured of Hepatitis C since March 2016.
Australia has been subsidising drugs to cure hepatitis C since March 2016. Unlike in many other countries, these are available to everyone with the disease and are much cheaper for our government.
Medically supervised injecting facilities can prevent overdoses turning into a medical emergency. So why has progress in Victoria stalled?
There's no legal reason why Victoria can't have its own medically supervised drug injecting room to prevent more overdoses, despite political setbacks.
Injecting in public is associated with nuisance and more frequent overdose deaths.
Safer drug consumption rooms can cut overdose deaths and reduce public nuisance. Other countries use them – isn't it time the UK did too?
While Sydney’s medically supervised injecting centre has had positive results, we need drug consumption rooms all over the country.
With use of drugs such as ice on the rise, drug consumption rooms are now being set up in Europe to provide supervised inhalation.
Instead, we need to adopt a harm-minimisation approach.
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