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Nuns to run first heroin injecting room

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 14 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:400
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    Nuns who run one of Australia's best known hospitals are to operate the country's first legal and medically supervised heroin injecting room after a radical overhaul of the drug laws in New South Wales. The 18 month trial will be administered by the Sisters of Charity, who also run Sydney's inner city St Vincent's Hospital.

    An estimated 50000 visits a year by drug users are expected at the centre, which will be staffed by a medical supervisor, a registered nurse, and security staff. The controversial plan will include the provision …

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