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
In 2018, the Victorian Government will be trialling a medically supervised injecting room (MSIR) at North Richmond Community Health.
The trial will take place for an initial two year period, starting from the opening of the MSIR in mid-2018. There will be an option to extend the trial for a further three years.
With the high number of Victorians losing their lives to drug related overdoses, the trial is a safety-first, medical approach focused on harm reduction.
Local families, first responders, medical experts, multiple Coroners reports and a Parliamentary inquiry have informed the need for this service.
Importantly, the MSIR will help prevent overdose deaths and get people the support they need.
For more information about the MSIR, please visit www2.health.vic.gov.au/alcohol-and-drugs/aod-treatment-services/injecting-room