• 18 MONTH TRIAL

    to identify if a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre will save lives and improves our local community

  • Save over $3m

    in ambulance call outs and hospital emergency costs.

  • Free up police resources

    to focus on drug traffickers, not street level offending.

  • Frontline & Experts Agree

    It will reduce pressure on police, ambulance services and emergency departments

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  • Let’s Start Saving Lives

    with a Medically Supervised Injection Centre Pilot for Victoria

    Read the open letter in the Herald Sun

Medically Supervised Injecting Centre Trial

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.

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It’s time: Supervised Injection Facility for Victoria

The community is supportive, with over 50 organisations backing the initiative. There is a space ready to go and Fiona Patten has a bill on the table.

All we need is Daniel Andrews to back it.

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Experts Support a Trial

Ambulance Employees Association, Steve McGhie

“Safe injecting rooms reduce assaults on ambos and will free up crews”

Kings Cross Police Commander, Superintendent Tony Crandell

While drug prohibition is not working, the centre has had a dramatic impact on drug deaths. “Since the injecting centre my officers report upon those deaths infrequently,” he said. “Additionally I’m told by business owners and also residents of the area that the number of needles has significantly reduced in Kings Cross and that the amenity of the area has improved greatly.”

Victoria Police Commissioner, Graham Ashton

“Are telling us that they haven’t seen an increase in crime around that injecting facility and information that we’ve got from them is, indicating that, you know, from the law enforcement side of things, that it’s working out.”

 

Former AFP Commissioner, Mick Palmer AO APM

Visit a facility; talk to a real addict; to obtain some real facts, before dismissing the proposal. It has been precisely this journey that fundamentally changed my opinion and firmed my support for the initiative. It took some years and it didn’t come easy. 

The reality is, the facts speak for themselves and the huge success of Sydney’s MSIC cannot be ignored, with major benefits and minimal negatives identified in a dozen independent evaluations and reviews, including no overdose deaths in 16 years of operation. 

Without question substantial lives have been saved, ambulance call outs and hospital admissions prevented, neighbourhoods improved, and all without creating a crime honey pot.

 

Drug Law Reform Foundation Victoria President, Robert Richter QC

Business owners and residents have had enough of discarded syringes, sirens and stumbling over addicts injecting in alcoves, alleys and car parks — or finding them unconscious and having to call 000.

There is solid support for an MSIC from them because nothing else has worked.

The King’s Cross facility has won the support of police, residents, businesses, emergency services and visitors to the area

Let’s Start Saving Lives

Open letter in the Herald Sun

Read the full open letter in the Herald Sun  9th Feb

We, the undersigned, support a trial of a Medically Supervised Injection Centre in Victoria.

There were 172 heroin related overdose deaths in Victoria in 2016. Of these, 19 people died in North Richmond and a further 15 died after apparently obtaining heroin in the City of Yarra.

 Each of those drug overdose deaths was preventable.

It would introduce them to health and social services, including drug treatment, and will help some get their lives back on track.

It will also reduce pressure on police, ambulance services and emergency departments in hospitals.

Signatories include:

  • Dr Lorraine Baker, President, Australian Medical Association Victoria
  • Dr Simon Judkins, Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine
  • Dr Jennie Hutton, Emergency Physician, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
  • Dr Marianne Jauncey, Medical Director, Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, Sydney
  • Professor Simon Lenton, Director, National Drug Research Institute
  • Steve McGhie, Secretary, Ambulance Employees Australia-Victoria
  • Darren Smyth, President, Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia

Read the full letter and see the full list of signatories

Frontline Services & Experts Support the Trial

Why North Richmond Location

  • 60,000 needles in Richmond streets.
  • 172 heroin overdose deaths in Victoria in 2015.
  • A coronial inquiry in December 2016 heard that North Richmond was the epicentre of this problem.
  • A ready-made facility for the centre.
  • Widespread community, trader and council support

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