Statement on Victorian govt’s decision on Medically Supervised Injecting Room in Melbourne
Harm Reduction International (HRI) today welcomes the decision of the government of Victoria to introduce legislation to make the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) in Melbourne, Australia a permanent and ongoing service.
“The Victorian government’s decision to introduce legislation to make the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) a permanent and ongoing service is a win for public health and harm reduction,” said Naomi Burke-Shyne, HRI’s Executive Director. “It will save lives.”
“Supervised drug consumption sites across the world have saved thousands of lives and in many cases have also provided health and social services onsite, including Hepatitis C testing and treatment, homelessness support, mental health support, dental care, general practice, and drug dependence treatment.”
“We´re looking forward to hearing more about the body of evidence for these health services at our upcoming HR23 conference taking place in Melbourne this coming April.”
Michael Kessler, HR23 Media Relations
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Harm Reduction International (HRI) is an international NGO which works to use data and advocacy to promote harm reduction and drug policy reform and demonstrate how rights-based, evidence-informed responses to drugs contribute to healthier, safer societies. It has convened the Harm Reduction International Conference since 1990.
The 27th Harm Reduction International Conference, HR23, will take place in Melbourne, Australia (16-19 April 2023)