Locals in Victoria’s ‘heroin capital’ fear that a legal injecting room – that will be opening up in a matter of weeks – will only worsen the drug epidemic. Around 35 people died from Heroin overdoses in 2015 alone in Melbourne’s local region, City of Yarra, in a small block known as the city’s ‘heroin rectangle.’ The rectangle encompasses Victoria Street, Elizabeth Street, Hoddle Street, and Lennox St which are just blocks away from hipster bars and million-dollar apartments in Melbourne’s CBD. In a bid to address the growing problem of streets littered with syringes and silver spoons, the state government is opening a medically supervised injecting room at North Richmond Community Health. A medically supervised injecting room is a place where people can use drugs in a supervised environment, according to North Richmond Community Health. The purpose is to reduce injecting in public as well as provide a space where potentially fatal overdoses can be prevented and monitored with the aid of medical staff. 35 people died from Heroin overdoses in 2015 alone in the City of Yarra and drug overdoses has soared since. In this photograph, a man, 57, injects in a laneway (pictured). He had just bought a… Read full this story
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