More on the Injecting Room
A lot of interest in my report below, so let me share some more information about the success of the MSIC.
There have been approximately 600,000 visits over 10 years. There are about 200 injections a day – that is, with medical supervision on hand, whereas without the centre…?
To reinforce this point, the number of drug overdoses successfully managed stands at more then 3,500.
Now this is also important : there have been more than 8,500 referrals for addiction treatment, mental health, homelessness or acute medical problems. We always envisaged this as a portal to treatment.
There are 90 supervised injecting centers in the world but not all of them provide such a gateway to treatment.
By the way, there is no evidence of a “honey pot” effect, drawing addicts to Kings Cross.
All those injections – 200 a day – would have taken place in public places or, at least, without access to medical intervention. Kings Cross had the highest concentration of drug overdose deaths in the country.
Good policy or not?