About 140 addicts with overdoses in the first and worst injection room in Melbourne & # 039; since it opened in June

Some 140 drug addicts have taken an overdose in the first

About 140 drug addicts have overdosed at Melbourne's first "safe injection room" within two months of opening.

The safe injection room, located at the North Richmond Community Health Center, was placed in an overdose hot spot and is the first of its kind to open in Victoria.

Some 8,000 people have used the monitored injection room since the end of June, and the staff has responded to 140 overdoses, the government announced Friday.

About 140 drug addicts have taken an overdose in the first "safe injection room" in Melbourne within two months after opening (the photo shows a bed inside the safe room)

The safe injection room, located at the North Richmond Community Health Center, was placed in an overdose hot spot and is the first of its kind to open in Victoria (syringes shown)

The safe injection room, located at the North Richmond Community Health Center, was placed in an overdose hot spot and is the first of its kind to open in Victoria (syringes shown)

The safe injection room, located at the North Richmond Community Health Center, was placed in an overdose hot spot and is the first of its kind to open in Victoria (syringes shown)

"Two months later, the medically supervised injection room is doing exactly what we expected. It is saving lives, "Minister of Housing, Disability and Aging, Martin Foley, told reporters on Friday.

The construction of a $ 4.9 million publicly funded facility in the downtown parking lot should begin in September.

The new building aims to keep up with the high demand of the injection room and promote the treatment and advice provided.

Without the center, the minister said that people would have overdosed in the alleys, in the parking lots, in the school yard and, as a result, suffered terrible and lonely traumas, and unfortunately too many deaths.

The safe injection room, located at the North Richmond Community Health Center, was placed in an overdose hot spot, and is the first of its kind to open in Victoria

The safe injection room, located at the North Richmond Community Health Center, was placed in an overdose hot spot, and is the first of its kind to open in Victoria

The safe injection room, located at the North Richmond Community Health Center, was placed in an overdose hot spot, and is the first of its kind to open in Victoria

The facilities in the new medically supervised injection ward in Melbourne

The facilities in the new medically supervised injection ward in Melbourne

The facilities in the new medically supervised injection ward in Melbourne

Its medical director, Dr. Nico Clark, said that drug users were "very happy" with the service (products inside the center appear in the photo)

Its medical director, Dr. Nico Clark, said that drug users were "very happy" with the service (products inside the center appear in the photo)

Its medical director, Dr. Nico Clark, said that drug users were "very happy" with the service (products inside the center appear in the photo)

Its medical director, Dr. Nico Clark, said that drug users were "very happy" with the service.

"They feel that it is a safe place for them, a place where they can have a positive interaction with the health personnel and where not only can they use the medicines they are using safely, but they also find access to other treatments, & # 39; ; he said.

The injection room is modeled at the Kings Cross Center in Sydney. It is planned to be revised in 2020 and possibly extended for another year.

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