In February 2017 Fiona Patten MP introduced legislation to establish a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre trial. The centre will be located in North Richmond – the epicentre of heroin overdose deaths in Victoria. This model works – it has been a huge success in Sydney and overseas.
THE CENTRE WILL:
1. Significantly reduce ambulance attendances, improving response times for ordinary Victorians.
2. Free up police resources to focus on drug traffickers, not street level offending.
3. Clean up the needles in our streets.
4. Get drug users off doorsteps and out of public toilets, parks and laneways, and into a supervised environment.
5. Break the cycle of offending by getting hardened drugs users into drug treatment.
6. Save over $3 million in ambulance call outs and hospital emergency costs.