My bill, the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Medically Supervised Injecting Centre Pilot) Bill 2017 is currently before parliament and has been adjourned for consideration by the Government.
Public support for a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) trial in North Richmond has been overwhelming and we are buoyed by the recent decisions of Victoria Police and the Victorian Police Association not to oppose a trial. Experts, medical practitioners, residents and first responders have all voiced strong support.
Debate on the bill commenced in February 2017. It was then the subject of a short parliamentary inquiry, which has now reported.
The evidence before that committee was overwhelmingly supportive and the committee findings included:
- Drug use in North Richmond has reached crisis level. It is a major concern for residents, business owners and emergency services.
- The objectives of the Bill reflect the health and community harms associated with intravenous drug use.
- MSIC’s improve the health of injecting drug users and reduce the signs of drug use in surrounding streets.
- Evaluations of the MSIC in Sydney found evidence of public amenity benefits to the local community and reduced demand for ambulance services. The evaluations did not find evidence of the MSIC having a ‘honey pot’ effect on crime.
In their strongest statement yet, the Government through Jaclyn Symes MP, stated in Parliament on 20 September 2017:
‘For many, providing syringes to people with the full knowledge that they will be used to inject potentially dangerous substances creates the logical policy extension that if you provide a safe instrument, why would you not follow that with providing a safe venue?’
‘We intend to respond very quickly on this matter.’
I am hopeful that a favourable resolution is close.
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