The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) has developed this position paper with a view to providing a national overview of the legislative and policy barriers which currently restrict access to Needle & Syringe Programs (NSPs) and new injecting equipment for PWIDs.
“Quite often people would visit the NSP and ask for one pack for themselves and one pack for their friend. When this happened we would inform the person that this was not allowed under the legislation and that they could potentially face prosecution. What would often then transpire was the person would change their mind and request both packs for themselves. As far as we were concerned we felt that we had complied with the legislation as we had informed the person on the legislation and were then giving them a couple of packs which they were now telling us were for themselves.” Key informant, Australia
……..While there are many competing issues that impact on the lives of people who use and inject drugs, in light of recent trends such as the up-scaling of some injecting equipment provision and a growing need to increase prevention activities while at the same time challenge the current prohibitive legislative frameworks, we have decide to focus this discussion paper on the illegality of anyone other than authorised needle and syringe providers passing on clean injecting equipment to people who inject………