Professor Paul Dietze, Program Director, Behaviour and Health Risks
An Open Letter to the Victorian Parliament, published in the Herald Sun today, contains 48 signatories from key sectors of the Victorian community for a trial of a medically supervised injection facility in North Richmond.
Signatories include the Salvation Army, Anglicare, Ambulance Employees Australia, Australian Medical Association, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, other medical experts, Victorian Trades Hall Council, Yarra City Council, nurses, youth and health services, and leading drug agencies.
This demonstrates there is wide support for a Medically Supervised Injection Facility.
Burnet Institute Head of Alcohol and Other Drug Research, Professor Paul Dietze, said the Open Letter calls on the Parliament of Victoria to support the trial – or more lives will be lost.
“At Burnet Institute, we have reviewed international research that clearly shows supervised injecting facilities allow prompt response to overdose, unequivocally saving lives,” Professor Dietze said.
“We also know that these facilities provide a range of other benefits including improved community safety by regulating where people inject, and referral into services like drug treatment.
“Importantly, there is no evidence to suggest that they encourage drug use. We endorse the recent calls to establish a supervised injecting facility in North Richmond. The time to act is now.”
Find out more about Burnet’s research in Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Harm Reduction.