Needle and syringe exchange programme is announced for Australian prison

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 17 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5615
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

A prison in Australia’s capital is expected to become the first in the English speaking world to establish a needle and syringe exchange programme.

The chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory and also its minister for health, Katy Gallagher, announced this week that the programme would be trialled at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Canberra.

The one for one needle exchange is part of a broad policy to reduce the spread of bloodborne viruses in the prison.

Gallagher, who faces an election in October, hopes that the programme will begin next year, despite ongoing opposition from prison officers.

She said that there had been nine documented cases …

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