The Government will explore how community health could support people before their drug use escalates.
The Government is developing new ways to better link drug treatment services with other health services, including the GPs in Schools pilot initiative, where GPs will visit 100 secondary schools in disadvantaged areas.
Needle and syringe programs
For injecting ice users, Victoria's Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) helps reduce the harm from drug use for them and the community. The Government has invested $1.8 million in additional funding for NSPs.
Medically supervised injecting centre
The Victorian Government has introduced legislation for a medically supervised injecting centre to be trialled for two years at the North Richmond Community Health Centre.
The trial will take place for an initial two year period, starting from the opening of the medically supervised injecting centre in June 2018. There will be an option to extend the trial for a further three years.
With the high numbers of Victorians losing their lives to heroin related overdoses, the trial is a safety-first, medical approach focused on harm reduction.
Local families, first responders, medical experts, and the people who witness this devastation on their streets have informed the need for a centre.
Importantly, the trial will help prevent overdose deaths and get people the support they need.
For more information about the centre, please visit www2.health.vic.gov.au/alcohol-and-drugs/aod-treatment-services