Calls to open a heroin-injecting centre to pregnant women and teens.
The proposal was submitted to NSW Health as part of a five-year review of the supervised Kings Cross injecting centre.
The move would not be endorsed by the Government. NSW deputy premier Tony Grant has slammed the proposal donning it as “absolute nonsense”.
“Can I categorically say, not in our lifetime will we ever allow kids to utilise the heroin-injecting centre or pregnant women. It’s just absolute nonsense,” Mr Grant told 2GB on Monday morning,” he said. “These people are absolutely off their rockers.”
The proposal claims not allowing under 18s to inject at the supervised Kings Cross centre would drive them to ‘shoot up’ somewhere else anyway, a document obtained by The Daily Telegraph.
“Individuals under 18 are excluded from the part of the MSIC that is used for injecting,” the document reads. “It is likely that by continuing to exclude those under 18 from using the centre, they will inject somewhere else, in less safe circumstances.”
“There have been seven instances in the last six years where staff at the centre have had to deny access on the basis that the individual was under 18 years of age.”
The document goes on to explain that not allowing pregnant women access to the treatment room will not prevent exposure of the foetus to drugs and alcohol.
According to the proposal, there have been 24 instances during the past six years where staff at the centre have denied entry to a woman on the basis of pregnancy.
“It is possible that in turning a pregnant woman away, the foetus may be at risk of unmanaged withdrawal from drug dependency which may cause greater harm,” the document reads.
NSW Health detached itself from the crazy proposal, saying it will not support the views of stakeholders.
The proposal has the backing of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and the Centre for Social Research in Health, among others, according to the document.
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