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On the Queensland Government 'E-Petitions' website there is a petition supporting the 'need for medically-supervised injecting facilities (Safe Injecting Rooms) in Queensland'. Once the period for signatures is over, the petition WILL BE TABLED IN PARLIAMENT.
So numbers count!
Queensland, for those unaware, is recognised as one of the most conservative states of Australia, hence, there is no access to safe injecting rooms.
If you would like sign the document simply type 'current e petitions queensland' into a google search engine, and then click on the heading titled 'Need for medically-supervised injecting facilities in Queensland'.
The petition is open until 17/07/2012, and is number 1846-12. So far it has 58 signatures.
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
"Queensland Residents draws to the attention of the House to the fact that one of the key pillars of the National Drug Strategy and the 2011-2012 Queensland Drug Action Plan is harm reduction. One strategy of harm reduction used in other jurisdictions, but not in Queensland, are medically-supervised injecting facilities. Jurisdictions with such amenities have found that these facilities can facilitate harm reduction by reducing: the amount of overdoses; the number of ambulance call-outs; the spread of blood borne diseases caused by the sharing of needles; and the number of hospital beds delegated to overdose patients.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to provide genuine harm reduction strategies by establishing medically-supervised injection facilities in Queensland."
After the 17th I'll delete the link, as it will be irrelevant after the petition's closing date. It might be worth letting the Australia Social Group know about this petition as well, there may be some DF members in Queensland who may not see this thread.
Last edited by Mindless; 01-02-2012 at 05:02.
Reason: extra info