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Safe injecting room will save lives, reduce crime, say criminal lawyers

Safe injecting room will save lives, reduce crime, say criminal lawyers

By Karin Derkley

Drugs 


The safe injecting room to be established by the Victorian State Government will save lives and play an important role in reducing the impact of drug-related crime on the community, say lawyers from LIV’s criminal law section. A two-year trial of a medically supervised service will be run at North Richmond Community Health, which already runs a needle exchange program. The government decided to set up the program after a recommendation by the Victorian Coroner and strong lobbying by Reason Party MP Fiona Patten and others. Tania Wolff, whose practice First Step Legal works within the not-for-profit health, mental health and addiction service First Step, says it is clear from the facility in Sydney’s Kings Cross and other examples from overseas that harm minimisation is a much more effective way of dealing with drug abuse than criminalisation.

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