NALOXONE UPDATE 06:
I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since my last post! Time really does fly when you’re having fun, or in my case…. doing workshops and getting naloxone into the hands of as many drug users as possible.
The National Ice Taskforce is made up of all the usual stakeholders like police and health professionals but consumers are noticeably missing in the line-up. That’s correct – there is no one representing the views of people who actually use the drug! Shame on you, National Taskforce, for failing to reach out to the group most affected by your decisions.
AIVL (the national voice for people who use drugs ) put in a submission to the Taskforce that highlighted the fact that we (the users) wanted a chance to have our say about the issues that affect us. As a result an invitation was issued to all the state and territory drug user organisations to attend a round table discussion where we would be given the chance to express our thoughts on the matter. On Thursday June 11th I, along with 8 other delegates from various drug user orgs across the country found myself sitting at a table talking to the former Victorian Police Commissioner Ken Lay about what I believe are some of the real issues to do with ice. I was pleasantly surprised to see that he (Ken Lay) was keen to hear what we had to say. He even asked valid questions and appeared open and interested in our opinions.
And I’m really pleased to say that once I outed myself as being a current ice user, he remained interested in what I had to say. In my experience, once I disclose my current drug use my cred often flies out the window.