Save lives.

Support the local community.

Bring in a supervised injecting room now!

Dear Premier Andrews and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne,

We need a supervised injecting room for the health and safety of our community!

Last year 34 people died from heroin overdoses in the Richmond area, despite us having a way to prevent it.

Supervised injecting rooms save lives — the Sydney facility has never had a fatality in its 16 years of operation.

We also need to keep injecting drug use off the streets for the safety of residents and children in the area. Around 10,000 discarded needles and syringes are collected from footpaths, streets and around homes and schools by the City of Yarra each year.

It’s time to start putting our health and safety first, and urgently bring in a supervised injecting centre in Richmond!

Did you know?

There are more than 100 supervised injecting rooms around world. There is a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney, as well as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Spain, Denmark, and France.

There were 34 heroin overdose deaths last year in the Richmond area, and a supervised injecting rooms could have saved these people. The Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney has supervised close to a million injections, and there have been zero fatalities.

Supervised injecting centres relieve a huge amount of pressure on emergency services and hospital beds. When the supervised injecting room opened in Sydney, there was an 80% drop in ambulance call outs to the area.

Supervised injecting centres reduce public injecting and discarded syringes. Around 10,000 needles and syringes are collected off streets in the Richmond area each year, around homes and schools where they pose a danger to residents and children.