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UN condemns Australian plans for “safe injecting rooms”

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7236.667/a (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:667
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. Sydney

    The first medically supervised injecting room for heroin users will open in Sydney in May 2000 despite last week's condemnation by the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board and opposition from John Howard, the Australian prime minister.

    The supervised facility will have 10 bays in which users can inject, supervised by two health professionals, and clients will be offered supportive counselling and primary health care.

    The UN is so opposed to the development that it …

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