Victoria Safe Injecting Room decision commended by affected communities
Harm Reduction Victoria commends the Victorian Government for committing to a second safe injecting facility in Melbourne and extending the trial of the North Richmond injecting room.
As a peer organisation comprised of people with lived experience of drug use, we congratulate the Premier, Daniel Andrews and his government Ministers for their commitment to inclusivity in Victoria and their support and compassion for people on the margins, including people who inject drugs and all of those affected by overdose.
Sione Crawford, Harm Reduction Victoria CEO says, “We know that fatal drug overdose takes too many lives in Victoria. The new injecting facility in central Melbourne will save lives, just as the North Richmond's Medically Supervised Injecting Room has succeeded in doing, for the past two years.”
“Harm Reduction Victoria will continue to partner with North Richmond Community Health to facilitate peer and consumer engagement in supporting the MSIR and looks forward to continuing its partnerships with all stakeholders to help make the new facility the best it can be for the community that will use it.”
For further comment or information please contact Harm Reduction Victoria on 03 9329 1500.
About Harm Reduction Victoria:
We are a consumer and peer organisation comprised of people with a lived experience of injecting and illicit drug use. We are committed to the principles of harm reduction which are built upon respect and tolerance for all people in our community. Nothing about us without us.