Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) (12:43): My question is for the Minister for Health. My constituent is a member of the Bars of the North, a collective of nightspot operators in Melbourne’s inner north. With the dangerous seizure of a huge quantity of fentanyl at our borders recently, Bars of the North have recommended that their members keep the naloxone nasal spray in their first-aid kits so that they can act in the eventuality of an overdose in the streets near their venues.
I think it is a wonderful community-minded idea worthy of support. On this important day, International Overdose Awareness Day, and noting that the government is currently piloting a program to get naloxone into homes, my constituents ask: will the minister extend that program to get naloxone into bars and other venues where there is a known risk of overdose in surrounding areas?
Fiona Patten MP
Leader of Reason
Member for Northern Metropolitan Region
Constituency question 31/8/22