Should the government set up safe havens for drug users?


You’ve probably heard of injection centres where drug users are given access to clean needles in a bid to stop the spread of infectious and deadly diseases amongst drug users but what are your thoughts on safe havens for drug users? Basically, it would be a centre where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use under the supervision of medical professionals. Would it be beneficial for both drug users and the public or do you think it’s a waste of time and resources?

Posted by on 12 Jun 2018

tweet this
  • [0] [1]
    Switz

    no way when you are 75 it just mean the surrounds are not safe begging for money smokes very unsafe area B Switzer

    Posted by Switz on 15 Jun 2018

  • [0] [1]
    jkl421960

    No way, it would only give them permission to use drugs so send the wrong message, if the government have so much money that they can even contemplate this it would be better spent on making waiting times for surgery shorter.

    Posted by jkl421960 on 15 Jun 2018

  • [0] [1]
    Rustanzky

    It's F***ING BIG NO!!!!, why spend taxpayers money for this none sense. Put them to rehab not help them consume more drugs, Govmnt is a real Pussy!!!. there's so many good projects they can spend the money, not this B***S**T project.

    Posted by Rustanzky on 15 Jun 2018

  • [0] [1]
    John

    No. This will encourage more drug use.

    Posted by John on 15 Jun 2018

  • [1] [0]
    Marion

    Compassion and caring for any body who is addicted to a substance of any type

    Posted by Marion on 15 Jun 2018

  • [0] [1]
    Lee

    illegal, that's the key word here! Why waste time and resources to help them do something that is illegal in the first place. Should be helping sick people get the drugs they need to survive.

    Posted by Lee on 14 Jun 2018

  • [1] [1]
    Lee

    No we are trying to stop drugs not help them do more. I think it's a joke.

    Posted by Lee on 14 Jun 2018

  • [0] [2]
    gadzooks

    No, no, no ! Encourage stupidity ? - No.

    Posted by gadzooks on 14 Jun 2018

  • [1] [2]
    Rosa

    No the government needs to spend money on more important things like dealing with the homeless situation

    Posted by Rosa on 14 Jun 2018

  • [4] [2]
    Alexis

    What a waste of medical resources. How about putting our medical resources towards children with cancer, who didn't choose to get cancer? Or anyone else who is sick through no fault of their own. How about getting those who choose to stick needles in their arms to escape reality, off the drugs - not encourage 'safe spaces' for them to continue to take the drugs? So stupid but so typical of the current government standards. Support those who opt out of society's expectations instead of helping those in real need.

    Posted by Alexis on 14 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    malleefly

    I am sick of weak Govt's taking the easy and cheap way out, they have given up on the fight against drugs, They need to get serious, because no one stops at a stop sign they don't pull it down, they police it. Andrews might next suggest a social club for Apex members.

    Posted by malleefly on 14 Jun 2018

  • [4] [1]
    Grazzer

    Hmm, will they also be providing bars with free grog for drink drivers? Or maybe Government run gun shops for criminals? Of course not, why should be pay for lawbreakers before they are caught and sent to jail. It costs enough afterwards.

    Posted by Grazzer on 14 Jun 2018

  • [0] [1]
    Moongold

    Good one, Grazzer.

    Posted by Moongold on 14 Jun 2018

  • [2] [1]
    Victory1

    No. Get harder on the dealers.

    Posted by Victory1 on 14 Jun 2018

  • [2] [1]
    blaze stormy

    no and i do not agree on drugs for i am dead set against them

    Posted by blaze stormy on 14 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    stretchly

    the government already has a safe area it is referred to as a hospital as well as having the best medical care any person can ask for in our country why consider placing extra funds into the community that could be better used in other areas enterprise

    Posted by stretchly on 14 Jun 2018

  • [3] [2]
    Denise

    Illegal activities shouldnt be supported. Users know the risks before they start. Neither should medical aid be free.

    Posted by Denise on 14 Jun 2018

  • [3] [5]
    Jodie

    I think it's a great idea as zoedog66 Says! If I had users in my family I wouldn't want them out in the streets doing it and I wouldn't like them doing drugs period but the let's look at bigger picture here guys everywhere we look these days the drug population is grow bigger quiet rapidly and we can't change that unfortunately but we can try keep those sorts of people safe and off the streets, where our families don't have to walk near or see them. It's really sad and yes they are the ones that chose that path in life but every person is fighting their own demons everywhere so no judgement on them but that's what I think it's a damn good idea

    Posted by Jodie on 14 Jun 2018

  • [5] [2]
    PaulDW

    No, its illegal, antisocial and a killer. What is going on? Are left wing governments trying promote drug taking, illegal activities and trying to kill our youth?

    Posted by PaulDW on 14 Jun 2018

  • [5] [1]
    Monna

    No1, as this will not fix the problem that they got into, usually of their own accord.

    Posted by Monna on 14 Jun 2018

  • [4] [1]
    Su

    No. Money should be spend to stop the addition not to support the addition.

    Posted by Su on 14 Jun 2018

  • [4] [3]
    Peter

    yes when it saves them dying on the streets

    Posted by Peter on 14 Jun 2018

  • [3] [3]
    zoedog66

    If we go by countries which have done this, they have been highly successful. As we know, drug addiction can happen to anyone. If it was my mother/father, son or daughter, I'd want them saved...wouldn't you?

    Posted by zoedog66 on 13 Jun 2018

  • [0] [1]
    Moongold

    No, fact is they haven't been successful and are especially objected to for the trouble they cause to residents around them - it becomes a meeting place for addicts to laze at, needles left for others to walk over etc.

    Posted by Moongold on 14 Jun 2018

  • [6] [3]
    octopus

    People choose to take drugs and should take responsibility for themselves. We should not be spending money and facilities on pandering to their choices.

    Posted by octopus on 13 Jun 2018

  • [6] [3]
    Michael

    well its like this NO NO NO NEVER

    Posted by Michael on 13 Jun 2018

  • [7] [1]
    Ozmerican

    The government should not waste our tax dollars to make it easier for drug users. They should even go so far as to make next to impossible to buy needles without a medical need. It is not the taxpayers fault that these people have become addicts. If any money is spent, it should only be on programs to treat the addictions.

    Posted by Ozmerican on 13 Jun 2018

  • [7] [1]
    vegandelight

    How do these fix the problem? They just make the problem Worse by getting them onto purer & harder drugs. Yes, we do need to help such people, but it's being done totally wrong! The Chinese managed to get an entire nation off of opium using traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), then out of grinding poverty & onto become the world's second largest economy (depending whose figures you go on!). You don't fix drugs with more drugs... two wrongs don't make a right! This is a direct result of a failed imperialist & slave system & those who control the system must be held responsible for fixing it. It is Never a waste of time to help such people. History shows they can be turned into highly productive workforce participants & the little invested in this area will pay for itself in all forms of taxes over an individual's lifetime many, many times over.

    Posted by vegandelight on 13 Jun 2018

  • [0] [4]
    donna

    It would be beneficial if the government spent wasted it's resources and financial gain the profits​ made from drugs, even, as they aren't using their own money, this way And bombard us with awareness​ like cigarette damage and it probably wouldn't be a problem. As only fifteen percent of people smoke, due to campaigns. I think more needs to be done, before the encouragement​ of these houses, injection rooms are the government s way of saying hurry up and over dose your already a burden. This does not help a junkie, they will do it anyway. But it sends wrong message to unprofessional untrained drug user and children around that area. Yes some areas have higher drug use, but only usually they lack opportunity in those communities so the government gives up. Try hugs not drugs was a slogan used in eighties to prevent drug use. They should try this as prevention is better than cure.

    Posted by donna on 13 Jun 2018

  • [2] [1]
    H J

    NO. NO. NO. Why should we, the taxpayers, spend money on these idiots?? They know what they are doing by taking the drugs in the first place.

    Posted by H J on 13 Jun 2018

  • [4] [1]
    Horn

    Stop✋ looking after these dip sticks , I don't want one cent of my Tax $'s used propping up idiots , as far as I am concerned this is just another way to build the "Social Worker " work force . Definitely Bottomless Boat material,along with the hand holding Social Workers who are on the system under another name !

    Posted by Horn on 13 Jun 2018

  • [1] [4]
    Cassius

    Yes, they should but not in residential areas or near schools or parks. Best near a hospital or in an industrial area.

    Posted by Cassius on 13 Jun 2018

  • [1] [3]
    MRS. Chooka

    Yes but not near schools

    Posted by MRS. Chooka on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [2]
    David

    We need to cure the problem, not condone it

    Posted by David on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    Moongold

    No. These sorts of centres from what I've heard become meeting places for drug users and an annoyance to residents and people around them, with needles and syringes being left lying around for others to walk on etc. Tacky and a health hazard. Waste of time and money entirely. Let them use at home if they have to or get off the stuff and start living a real life again.

    Posted by Moongold on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    Michael123

    No they should not.

    Posted by Michael123 on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    Ray

    They should worry about getting drugs off the streets throwing people into jail and throwing away the key, and give those people effected by drugs a chance to get clean not encourage them to keep using drugs.

    Posted by Ray on 13 Jun 2018

  • [1] [1]
    Mervyn

    There's so much argument on this subject. Either you leave them out on the street to leave there drug paraphernalia so others could pricked or have in injecting rooms where residents don't want them around! ( Fair enough too). I suppose local government or council will have the final say , like always.

    Posted by Mervyn on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    Vivienne

    I have been robbed 5 time, always for drug money. I have been forced out of my home twice because of them. I have No compassion for them. My life is important also, but I didn't get any help. They kids that threatened and robbed me were put into free rehabilitation, the family got free counciling and then went out and did it all again before becoming adults and going to jail for ruining others lives. I would be in favour if I thought it had a chance of changing anything

    Posted by Vivienne on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    Gerry19

    No they should be jailed for 6 months, then if they offend 1 year provided the jail staff are not supplying drugs as they do. We do not want these people on the streets or driving on our roads.

    Posted by Gerry19 on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    Aurora

    That money should be put into rehabilitation centres to get drug users off their addictive habits. They are generally non working people who steal to feed their habits, or in their drug crazed state, attack other innocent people going about their lawful business. In some cases, they are people in good jobs who are able to disguise their problems until caught out. Either way, the drug habit will eventually catch them out and then their life and careers are ruined anyway. Tougher penalties for selling/distributing/importing drugs are needed not the current slap on the wrist handed out by Magistrates. If it means we build bigger jails to get them off the streets then put the money towards that too. Drugs are slowly destroying people, families, businesses, an life as we know it. We need to get tough on drugs, and serious about helping to rehabilitate drug users so that they can have a productive life.

    Posted by Aurora on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    juleeg

    Seriously, the average hardworking person will need to foot the bill again....NO NO NO

    Posted by juleeg on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    jaine

    No I do not, don't you think enough of of hard working tax paying people pay for them already in other services. Such as in the health system, ambulance, police and of course payments from the government.

    Posted by jaine on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    Joanne

    No, they haven't worked in the past. More education about rehabilitation is needed.

    Posted by Joanne on 13 Jun 2018

  • [4] [1]
    Theresa

    Unfortunatly its been tried before,they use this facility for awhile then go back to the way they've done before,& the hard users don't give a damm if they infect other people as ther're off there face & can't be helped,if there was some where for the ones who wants to be helped I say yes if they obuse the system there out.

    Posted by Theresa on 13 Jun 2018

  • [4] [1]
    peter

    Like giving a thief a key to the mint.

    Posted by peter on 13 Jun 2018

  • [2] [1]
    Shellback

    Yes they should.so many needles have been dropped on the street n kids step on them.

    Posted by Shellback on 13 Jun 2018

  • [4] [2]
    Mums bear

    I disagree, I think they should have there places, it only incarage them to do more drugs because they know they have a safe place to do it. I believe if they are that silly to share needles and get ADIS and HIV then that’s there problems

    Posted by Mums bear on 13 Jun 2018

  • [4] [1]
    Mums bear

    **Shouldn’t **

    Posted by Mums bear on 13 Jun 2018

  • [2] [1]
    Kerri

    Agree with concept of safe gavens

    Posted by Kerri on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [3]
    Dave

    Injecting rooms are the smart thing to do. Safe for drug users e.g. a.mum Dad. Daughter or son. If i had a sick family member I'd like a safe clean supervised place with professionals like nurse or counsellors there to help. Australia has a low HIV rate because of free needle exchange. Overseas drug users have no access to clean syringes so share dirty & used needles spreading AIDS.( USA RUSSIA.) Harm minimization. It was forward thinking decades ago but saved Australians. Rest of the world stuck their head in the sand. War on Drugs is lost. More drugs available now than ever & drugs are cheaper and stronger.Prohibition & increased jail terms has not worked so as some smart Australians decades ago set up.free needle echange. Injection rooms & drug testing at Raves the smart thing to do.

    Posted by Dave on 13 Jun 2018

  • [1] [0]
    Danielle

    Well said said Dave we need the "harm minimization" message to be put out there again.

    Posted by Danielle on 13 Jun 2018

  • [4] [1]
    Brianna

    I don't think anyone should be using it at all it messes up people's lives and family's

    Posted by Brianna on 12 Jun 2018

  • [2] [2]
    SyreenaBlu55

    Safe havens have a role to play in Public Health. Some drug users are people who are self-medicating because of childhood abuse, problems with pain or mental health problems. Many people want help for a whole range of problems but don't have family support and can't seem to access help from the over-burdened Public Health system. It would be beneficial for them and for the public, but what would be even more beneficial would be help with their problems in life before they give up hope and turn to drugs to blot out their emotional pain. Let's not forget all those other drug users like the alcoholics and the prescription drug addicts. Of course they don't get the same bad rap because they're addicted to 'legal drugs that the Government derives revenue from.

    Posted by SyreenaBlu55 on 12 Jun 2018

  • [1] [0]
    Danielle

    Well said SyrenaBlu55 you hit the nail on the head. Yes its so wrong that others sit back over a dozen stubbies or a couple bottles of wine discussing how wrong drug addicts are but try and tell them they can no longer have their stubbie or 4 or wine or 3 after work or at lunch or around the Barbie and I bet there would be an outrage. Some people don't like to look at the facts of what Alcohol does to our society like the road Deaths and crippling injuries, the Child abuse, wife abuse, family abuse (yes there is a difference) sexual abuse, rapes, murders you name it and alcohol may have played apart in well over 50% of the cases. Not to mention the cost on our medical system. We haven't even started on the prescription meds. Also I worked in the Rehab service and over 85% of the women who came through our service had been sexually abused mostly as children. So sit and digest that for a while and males also suffered though theirs was more physical abuse mind you so many wont say what really happened due to the shame they feel now that is a tragedy. Its something we have learned and that's childhood abuse stays with us for many many years as we use what ever we can to suppress the memories. Unfortunately that often includes drugs including Alcohol.

    Posted by Danielle on 13 Jun 2018

  • [4] [3]
    Robyn

    No,there should not be safe havens for drug users.They chose to travel this path. Too many others are put in harm's way with the choice drug users make. What about Diabetics? They don't get free syringes!

    Posted by Robyn on 12 Jun 2018

  • [3] [2]
    dannothemanno

    We have become a nation of "Mollycoddlers" It should be,first & foremost about "Choices" The law should be black & white with illegal drugs.There should be more campaigns in schools;we need to step up to the mark.The message being sent to users & offenders is clearly that there will be empathy,sympathy,assistance programs available if you break the law:What's more,a lot of offenders these days actually see time in prison as an opportunity to 'learn the trade',so to speak.If I see the entire system as being soft,then criminals are surely laughing all the way to the judicial process.Australia needs a reality check,Victoria is beyond help,and we need to overhaul the entire way the penal system works:including "OFFSHORING" repeat offenders.They should be responsible for criminal damage,and if minors(if there is such a thing these days),then parents or legal guardians responsible for the damage caused in wanton destruction of small businesses in crime sprees - The Victorian State Govt.should look for ways to assist small business owners in the security & protection of their businesses from wanton,rampaging thugs.WAKE UP AUSTRALIA AND GET TOUGH!

    Posted by dannothemanno on 12 Jun 2018

  • [2] [1]
    jaine

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU AND PEOPLE SHOULD STOP BLAMING THEIR CHILD HOOD I HAD A VERY TUFF AND PAINFUL UPBRINGING I DID NOT TURN TO DRUGS THEY WERE AROUND THEN. AND EASY TO GETWE ALL HAVE CHOICES.THE JUDGES NEED TO BE MORE ACTIVE AND TAKE MORE RESPONSIBLE

    Posted by jaine on 13 Jun 2018

  • [2] [0]
    Dave

    Sounds like " Handmaidens Tale" the world you are talking about. Increased jail terms and prohibition. ... THE WAR ON DRUGS is a failure. The people who started THE WAR ON DRUGS & JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS were Ronald & Nancy Reagan. While they were on tv saying all this they were importing huge amounts of cocaine through the CIA to sell to the American public to fund a war in central America.Selling tonnes of narcotics & PREACHING say no to drugs. Dumbass Americans. You sound like a smart true blue Aussie with your heart in the right place.It's a complex medical problem. We have some if not the best Doctors in the world I think we should listen to the experts in this field with year of knowledge & experience for their advice. Not politicians or people with no expertise.

    Posted by Dave on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [4]
    Gloria

    Good idea, safe place with medical staff on site.

    Posted by Gloria on 12 Jun 2018

  • [2] [1]
    socker

    It is better to treat drug dependency than risk the possibility of criminal activity by those addicted in Australia and the world. it is not a solution to say it is their fault as there are many and varied reasons why people become addicted sometimes it is on prescribed drugs

    Posted by socker on 12 Jun 2018

  • [2] [2]
    tpw1961

    Taking a drug of any type is a choice, taking an illegal drug is not only a choice but it is breaking the law so why are we even considering making easier for these people. While I see that having these safe injecting rooms/havens may reduce needles left in parks and save people who may overdose, it is still encouraging the use of the drugs in contravention of our country's laws. And the only people who would be using these legalised areas would be people who don't mind that people know they are drug users. It is not stopping the pushers or drug producers who are the real issue. Tighten the laws, make the punishments stiffer and stop pandering to those who break our laws by choice. My children were told from an early age that as their parent I would always be there to help them but that if they chose to take drugs of any sort they would be on their own. Instead we should be offering free services to people in genuine need such as those who have diabetes or cancer. For those with type 1 diabetes make their medications and needles free as they were born with this and cannot change it, for those with type 2 - reduced price to encourage them to make the lifestyle choices to improve or even rid themselves of their diabetes. For people with cancer services should also be free or very heavily reduced. Cancer is not something anyone would choose to have. These people and their families go through hell between the disease itself, the treatments and the stresses this disease bring with it.

    Posted by tpw1961 on 12 Jun 2018

  • [0] [1]
    Moongold

    Amen, TPW1961!

    Posted by Moongold on 13 Jun 2018

  • [1] [0]
    Danielle

    I thought Cancer was also a disease brought on by life choices such as smoking (drug taking) Alcoholism (drug taking) Over eating and eating wrong foods. yet your saying they should receive free or heavily reduced services. Life isn't all black and white unfortunately.

    Posted by Danielle on 13 Jun 2018

  • [3] [1]
    Patricia

    Yes, better than them going into the A & E at the local hospital, shooting up and leaving the needles in the grounds.

    Posted by Patricia on 12 Jun 2018

  • [3] [2]
    LadyoftheManor

    Why should taxpayers fund this? I'm with the bottomless boat idea!

    Posted by LadyoftheManor on 12 Jun 2018

  • [2] [3]
    Casey

    All drugs should be legal.

    Posted by Casey on 12 Jun 2018

  • [2] [0]
    Dave

    .you're funny. .. Cheaper at least... & On time.

    Posted by Dave on 13 Jun 2018

  • [0] [1]
    Patricia

    Cannabis certainly, but other narcotics are a danger and should be controlled.

    Posted by Patricia on 12 Jun 2018

  • [4] [1]
    Horn

    Yes preferably a bottomless boat at sea !

    Posted by Horn on 12 Jun 2018

  • [1] [0]
    Jan

    The crazy thing about it is you go and buy a bag on the streets your a drug addict while the old lady up the road goes to the doctor an gets a bottle of pills takes about a week to finish nobody says nothing to me its if not the same but worse the people that have habits are prisoners drugs are not the only bad habit drinking ,gambling, sex , shopping, the drug is not the problem its the human cause we need to blame some thing when u look at an addict most see waste disgust but look harder that person was once clean an not a addict there is still that person in there people say about paying money for the misguided one's I say yes stretch those arms out to give them a hug and help bring back the guidance were all paying for something

    Posted by Jan on 14 Jun 2018

  • [0] [1]
    Abe

    Why not have łuxerias beded down rooms with beautifull foods and a gift pack on leaving. But if you feel better against it you could waste your money and enploy more police to try and protect our un born children. All I know is that we have a problem that we cannot sweep out from der the doorways. Put these people who supply these terrible goods on a space ship and let them live in there own space. Posted on 14 June 2018. A.G Melbourne

    Posted by Abe on 14 Jun 2018

Join LiveTribe
Thousands of Aussies and Kiwis have already discovered the benefits of their FREE LiveTribe membership. Join and start earning online today! Sign Up
Get Rewarded!

Comment on brands, products and services and be rewarded for your opinions! Join in and discover LiveTribe’s extensive range of rewards.

View More
Join Our Monthly Competition!

Enter for a chance to win a $100 prize. 345 x 145

View More

Members Testimonials
Lyn
"This is a great site. Love doing their surveys." Lyn B., QLD
Mary
"Just found out I won $150 in the competition – Thank you LiveTribe." Mary H., SA
Barbara
"Boy! Am I happy, to win a $150 Hoyts voucher, I love my movies." Barbara F., VIC
Elizabeth
"Awesome survey giving so much information on mining, thank you." Elizabeth A., WA
Frank
"My rewards from LiveTribe just keep rolling in. Keep it going, LiveTribe" Frank B., VIC