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People Who Inject Drugs Support the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) Trial in North Richmond says Harm Reduction Victoria

by Seer E.S. on 31/10/2017

31 October 2017

People Who Inject Drugs Support the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre Trial in North Richmond says Harm Reduction Victoria

 

 

The announcement today to approve the trial of a medically supervised injecting centre (MSIC) in the North Richmond area from the Andrews Government

is welcomed by Harm Reduction Victoria (HRVic).

 

“Several coroners called for the establishment of a MSIC. Experts in public health, North Richmond residents and people

who inject drugs have advocated loudly and clearly for a facility like this.

Even the Victorian Police were unopposed” stated Charles Henderson, Acting Executive Officer, HRVic.

 

As the peer-based Drug User Organisation for Victoria, HRVic’s primary role is to advance the health and human rights of people who use

and/or inject drugs (PWUD/PWID) and to give drug users a voice in the debate about drug related issues which directly impact on their lives.

 

Through Harm Reduction Victoria, PWID say the MSIC will provide greater connection to health services,

raising awareness and help for other issues such as housing or mental health and an environment that is

clean, safe and non-judgmental as key reasons for their support.

 

“Fatal overdose rates in Victoria have exceeded the annual road toll for the last two years.

Politicians simply could not continue to ignore this preventable loss of life and needed to act urgently to

address this unacceptable situation. We welcome this initiative and hope that it is the beginning of a raft of

harm reduction and drug law reform measures that are necessary to further improve the lives of people

who inject drugs in Victoria.” Henderson concluded.

 

Contact Charles Henderson on 0410 183 097 or charlesh@hrvic.org.au for further comment

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