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
no way when you are 75 it just mean the surrounds are not safe begging for money
smokes very unsafe area B Switzer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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
That money should be put into rehabilitation centres to get drug users off
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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