Residents of North Richmond demand that safe injection space be relocated while public drug use is rampant
Residents of the & # 39; heroin capital & # 39; from Victoria are calling for a safe injection room to be moved to another location because public drug use remains rampant.
Shocking footage has appeared in which addicts brutally shoot in the streets, in parks, and even outside of a primary school in North Richmond, just minutes from the CBD of Melbourne.
The activity has erupted among community members who reported three separate cases of public injection within a few meters of a school on Thursday alone.
During lunch, two drug users were photographed with a stack of syringes while they were preparing to shoot at Lennox St, opposite the controversial medically monitored injection area of the city.
Another two men were spotted just outside the gates of Richmond West Primary School.
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Two drug users were photographed with a lot of syringes while they were preparing to shoot at Lennox St, opposite the medically guarded injection room of the city on Thursday afternoon
Another two men were spotted just outside the gates of the Richmond West Primary School
School staff was seen outside the school who inspected the area
Two more people were filmed in broad daylight in a parking lot behind the shops of Victoria Street.
The North Richmond Community Health building on Lennox Street was opened last year in an attempt to curb the drug epidemic, in which 30 people died of overdoses in the last 12 months in the so-called & # 39; heroin rectangle & # 39; around the center.
Since its opening in June last year, more than 60,000 visits have been made to the center and almost 3,000 people have used it to inject drugs, mainly heroin.
More than 1,200 overdoses have also been safely managed, said Nico Clark's medical director of the trial.
But the locals believe that the move has turned the neighborhood into a drugstore instead, with streets littered with discarded needles, causing parents to be concerned about their children.
Resentment residents have gone to Facebook groups to share images of public drug use perceptions while lobbying to move the facility to another area and say the situation is completely out of control & # 39 ;.
A woman shared a photo of a syringe she discovered in the elevator of her building after attending an information session about the problem.
& # 39; So came home after THE meeting and see what was in my elevator … a bloody syringe to greet me, & # 39; she said.
A woman shared a photo of a discarded syringe that she found in her building elevator on Thursday evening
A park on the Belgian Avenue is the & # 39; Gathering Place & # 39; named by drug users who meet there to shoot. Two men are shown preparing their drugs
A woman was filmed on Wednesday afternoon at the & # 39; Gathering Place & # 39; and shot against her thigh in broad daylight
A resident uploaded a video of a woman in a park on the Belgian Avenue – now known among drug users as the & # 39; gathering place & # 39; – who shot in the thighs with a friend on Wednesday afternoon.
& # 39; Just another day in North Richmond to visit my family, & # 39; she said in a caption.
Another woman, who lives 100 meters from the injection room, said that three houses in her block have been put on the market because some residents believe the area is no longer safe to start a family.
& # 39; There has always been reasonable sales in this street, but a cluster like this seems depressingly unknown, & # 39; she said.
She continued: & # 39; The family from the third house told my husband that this is not a good place to raise children.
& # 39; These people are not politically active and, like most residents, have no interest in political activism. They have no confidence that the government will soon make the right choices for our community. & # 39;
In May, State Secretary for Mental Health Foley said he was aware of a nightly gathering of angry residents, but added that there are no plans to end the trial.
The center reported a month earlier that there had been 650 overdose incidents in the building, but no deaths since the facility was opened.
Last year, the city opened the North Richmond Community Health building, a medically safe injection building (photo)
The & # 39; heroin rectangle & # 39; is bordered by Hoddle Street, Elizabeth St, Victoria St and Lennox St (photo)
Earlier this month, the state government opened a new drug injection center alongside NRCHC.
The government said there are more security patrols and outreach services in the area amid ongoing complaints from the community about the trial.
Municipal workers collect drug paraphernalia twice a day, including street spraying.
It is after a coroner revealed last month that there had been virtually no reduction in heroin-related deaths around North Richmond in the first six months of the operation.
But Coroner Audrey Jamieson also said the trial was essential and six months was not enough time to assess its effect on drug-related harm in the area.
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