Melbourne opens ANOTHER injection room as the first facility was overrun by masses of ice cream addicts
- Melbourne will have an injection room, but the location has not yet been decided
- A potential announced location is near the city’s Queen Victoria Market
- City Of Melbourne claims they were not told about the possible injection chamber
- Opened in 2018, the North Richmond facility has saved a total of 21 lives
Melbourne will open another controversial injection room set up next to one of the city’s busiest tourist attractions.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed that the facility will open near Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market.
The announcement comes just two years after the opening of a new injection room in North Richmond.
Victoria gets a second safe injection room, possibly near Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market (photo)
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has confirmed that the facility is on the way, in addition to the safe injection room tested in North Richmond from mid-2018. In the photo: facility in North Richmond
An investigation into the center has told the government that their preferred location for a second location is Cohealth Central City on Victoria Street, a short walk from Queen Victoria Market.
The government says it has accepted all the recommendations from the evaluation, including the opening of a second center and extension of the trial by three years.
There have been more than 119,000 site visits in North Richmond and at least 21 lives have been saved.
The facility has handled 3,200 overdoses and no one has died.
“This is very important because it will save lives, I am convinced. As you know, I took some convictions early on, ”Mr Andrews told reporters on Friday.
“But if you have expert after expert, law enforcement, doctors, people who have supported drugs and alcohol all their lives to a very vulnerable group of people, and then of course when you hear stories of families that will never be whole again, families where a loved one is missing, that grief, that burden, that tragedy with those families, every minute of every day – you have to rethink things and that’s what we did. ‘
The second site is needed because there were 51 heroin-related deaths in the city of Melbourne between January 2015 and September 2019, the government says.
Consult with the community, Victoria Police, Melbourne City, local health and community services and other authorities to confirm that the desired location is the most suitable location by the end of the year.
Legislation will also have to pass parliament to establish the second site.
There have been more than 119,000 site visits in North Richmond (pictured) and at least 21 lives have been saved
Rohan Leppert, city councilor for the Greens, said the city of Melbourne had not been consulted before the announcement