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Supervised drug injecting room trial considered a success

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:122
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    An evaluation report into an 18 month trial of Australia's first medically supervised injecting centre has cleared the way for the continuation of the $A2.4m (£1m; $US1.6m; €1.4m) a year project.

    The 233 page evaluation found that from May 2001 to October 2002, 3810 registered individuals made 56861 visits to the centre. A total of 409 incidents of drug overdose were recorded—including 329 from heroin and 60 from cocaine—though none were fatal.

    The report estimates that at least four lives were saved as a result of the proximity of users to medical staff. …

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