Sydney's supervised injection room in Kings Cross has helped reduce harmful drug use. But many drug users who live in the outer suburbs find it difficult to get to the inner-city facility.
An injecting centre provides the setting and the possibility for a new type of connection with drug users.
Opioids kill an average of eight people every day in Canada. The federal government must officially declare this a 'public welfare emergency' and invest the funds critical to a humane response.
There's no legal reason why Victoria can't have its own medically supervised drug injecting room to prevent more overdoses, despite political setbacks.
Heroin was used medically in Australia for coughs and pain relief until 1953.
With use of drugs such as ice on the rise, drug consumption rooms are now being set up in Europe to provide supervised inhalation.