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Safe injecting report tabled

Posted 11 September 2017

The Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues committee last week tabled the final report of its Inquiry into the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2017.

The VHA has prepared a summary for members which can be accessed here.

The Bill proposes an 18-month trial of a medically supervised injecting centre in North Richmond, and is a response to the escalating and open sale and use of illicit drugs in that area. Access the report here.

The VHA submitted recommendations to the inquiry in April which can be accessed here.

Of the 49 submissions, 46 supported an injection centre to tackle the heroin crisis on the streets. The findings of three coronial inquests, community health workers, traders and residents were also assessed.

The report noted that no overdose deaths had occurred in an MSIC, which also act as a referral point for health and social services such as drug and alcohol therapies and homelessness support.

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