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Need for medically-supervised injecting facilities in Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Cameron Ljubic
31 Mercury Drive
Bethania Qld 4205

Total Signatures - 255

Sponsoring Member: Evan Moorhead MP

Posting Date: 17/01/2012

Closing Date: 17/07/2012

Tabled Date: 31/07/2012

Responded By: Hon Lawrence Springborg MP on 30/08/2012

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland Residents draws to the attention of the House to the fact that one of the key pillars of the National Drug Strategy and the 2011-2012 Queensland Drug Action Plan is harm reduction. One strategy of harm reduction used in other jurisdictions, but not in Queensland, are medically-supervised injecting facilities. Jurisdictions with such amenities have found that these facilities can facilitate harm reduction by reducing:  the amount of overdoses; the number of ambulance call-outs; the spread of blood borne diseases caused by the sharing of needles; and the number of hospital beds delegated to overdose patients.

 

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to provide genuine harm reduction strategies by establishing medically-supervised injection facilities in Queensland.