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Election Survey - New South Wales 2015 - Q8


Q8 - Illicit drugs

The Medically Supervised Injecting Centre at King's Cross aids drug use by allowing users to inject illicit drugs. users of the Centre have admitted that they take greater risks with the amount of drugs and mixtures of different drugs because the Centre is ready to revive them if an overdose occurs. Claims that the Centre have saved lives fails to account for the increased risk behaviour facilitated by the Centre itself. The huge cost of the Centre could be better spent supporting effective rehabilitation programs.

Would you support the closure of the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre at Kings Cross in favour of rehabilitation?

 

Party Reply                                                                                                            Score
Christian Democratic Party

Yes definitely.

10
Labor Party

 Definitely not.

An independent evaluation of the Kings Cross medically supervised injecting centre in 2010 found that the centre had:

  • Reached the (then) Government's intended target group of socially marginalised and vulnerable injecting drug users with about 40% never having sought treatment before;
  • Saved lives and successfully managed 3, 426 overdoses on site, with 44 percent fall in ambulance attendances in Kings Cross during the MSIC opening hours;
  • Acted as a gateway to treatment with the rate of uptake of drug treatment increasing in recent years. Over 8,500 referrals had been made since 2001 with nearly half to drug treatment; and
  • Helped reduce discarded needles and syringes with the greatest reduction being around the MSIC.

On the basis of this successful record, the former Labor Government introduced legislation to make the Kings Cross medically supervised injecting centre an ongoing program.

Labor continues to support the Kings Cross medically supervised injecting centre, as we have done since the trial began in 2001.

Current legislation only permits one injecting room and it is in Kings Cross. Labor has no plans to increase the number of injecting rooms.

2

Liberal - National Party

Unsure.

The Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Kings Cross was before the parliament in 2010 as the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Amendment (Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2010. The NSW Liberals and Nationals supported a conscience vote and there was no official party room position on the bill. The NSW Liberals and Nationals have no plans to repeal the current Act.

5

The Greens

 Definitely not.

The safe injecting centre has been an unqualified success in terms of reducing the negative social impact of drug addiction and abuse. We do, however, support an increase in funding to rehabilitation and harm minimisation programs, but we do not accept that these are mutually exclusive with the safe injecting room.

2

Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000




 


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