No injecting rooms: Vic govt stands firm

AMA Victoria launched a position paper today calling for the establishment of a supervised injecting facility trial in Melbourne.

AMA Victoria president Stephen Parnis said safe injecting rooms have the capacity to reduce the number of deaths from drug overdose, reduce ambulance call-outs and hospital admissions, improve patient outcomes and improve public order.

Dr Parnis said the rooms can also prevent overdose and help control the spread of hepatitis C, which is of increasingly high prevalence among Victorian drug users.