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?
|Christian Democratic Party
An independent evaluation of the Kings Cross medically supervised injecting centre in 2010 found that the centre had:
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.
Liberal - National Party
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.
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.
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