Let’s talk: should we have ‘ice clinics’ where addicts can safely take drugs? 10

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Australia is facing a so-called ice epidemic and now there are calls for a new and, some say, unusual way to deal with it.

A number of drug law reformers and former Premier Bob Carr are calling for a special ice clinic to be built so that addicts can safely get “a fix” while under supervision.

It is hoped the clinic would stop people from committing crimes to get their hands on the highly addictive drug and that it would lower the the number of overdoses.

There are already safe “injecting rooms” in Australia where addicts can use clean needles and dispose of them safely; the ice clinic would be similar except addicts would be smoking the drug instead.

While Mr Carr and others are hailing it as the best way possible to deal with the issue, others are less than impressed.

The proposed site for the clinic is in Liverpool in Sydney, but some council members in the area not getting on board.

Harry Hunt from the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce says he doesn’t want the rooms in his backyard and told 7 News the council is “trying to improve the image of Liverpool,” reports Yahoo.

Others said the clinics would send the suburbs they are in into disarray.

The idea is already in progress overseas, particularly in Europe where they have support from governments.

Many of the clinics have up to 80 users visit up to three times a day.

Most are men, and the average age is 60. Many began using in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mr Carr says he wants the idea to be up for discussion in parliament soon.

What are your thoughts on this?

Would ice clinics help lower crime rates and keep addicts safe? Or is it just encouraging the problem?

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  1. Is it taking the drug “Ice” that makes people fighting mad, or is it the lack of, the “hanging out” ?
    I admit I am not feeling ‘caring’ about the addicts’ wellbeing, more concerned about the ambulance personnel and other health care people. So if an ice clinic would prevent the latter being bashed, by all means let us have them.

  2. I am a recovering heroin user, having been straight for over 20 years. It was speed back in my day, not ice, and I did not like it at all. I am not very educated with ice, but there was never this trouble with speed users back in the 70’s, with the amount of agro and violence. Alcohol is usually side by side with ice, but not so much at all with heroin, as it was more of a mind drug to relax back on. With ice and alcohol, it is more physical and I guess you think you are to paraphrase a great person “I am the greatest” They think nothing can hurt them or they will hurt you if you try. Anyway I am getting away from the subject, ice clinics will not work the same as heroin injecting rooms, and ice can be injected also. To me it is a really bad drug, worse than speed, and it does make you very angry , physically, when you have none left. When it is smoked the high does not last very long, so you go on the rollercoaster of getting money to get more. I have no solution to this problem, except educate the young people of today in schools. Most of them will try it and I hope , like me, they will not like it.

  3. They are still going to be psychotic and aggressive from the effects of the drug long after they leave this “ice clinic”. Carr doesn’t know what he is talking about. I t will resolve nothing.

  4. So I presume you are going to keep them locked up at the clinic while on their high and coming down off that family destroying crap. No way should you have a clinic for illegal drugs to be taken – what stupid pathetic idiots you are even thinking of it. It’s illegal don’t you get that.

  5. So I presume you are going to keep them locked up at the clinic while on their high and coming down off that family destroying crap. No way should you have a clinic for illegal drugs to be taken – what stupid pathetic idiots you are even thinking of it. It’s illegal don’t you get that.

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    • Its illegal and so many profit from it. Legalise, regulate, that is proven to dis incentivise the start out takers. What part of proven policy dont you understand?

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      • Absolutely correct. Drug use is not a legal problem. It is not a moral problem. It is a health problem and should be treated as such. How many billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted on that miserable failure called “the drug war”? Also since when is it acceptable for a government to declare “war” on its own citizens?
        The Portuguese model has been proven to work in all the countries it has been implemented. Why are we not doing this also? Or do politicians mates and donors profit from the drug trade? Actually, yes they do. Serco for instance.

  6. Motor vehicle accidents and violent behaviour resulting from “ice” use will still happen people don’t take rat poison because they know it could kill them spend the money on mental health services . Safe injecting rooms may save the user but it puts the community at further risk

  7. How about we build a Huge recovery centre for Ice addicts like a Jail but not.
    They take, they go in, recover they go out -like a Hospital for people to get off the Ice.
    We have places like, The Melbourne Clinic that take recovering Drug addicts, but they are not violent, like Ice users.
    So it would have to be a bit more like a Jail ???

  8. No definitely no clinics for ice addicts. Reason? it is the most addictive drug on the market, it is not a matter of protecting those who use it it is a matter of protecting the public against those who use it. It is a known fact that the ongoing problems with ice will not stop when the user ” uses it in safety” they would have to stay at the clinic until such time that it wears off and then they would want more. How can that be resolved? it cannot. No make it as illegal as possible and prosecute not only those who import and sell it but those who use it. Why should the public and the medics who have to treat this scourge of society be subjected to dreadful crimes bashings and murders because he /she said “” I was on ice at the time” that is poor excuse for someone who is now dead injured or has mental issues due to attacks by addicts. This is not some thing that is just taken as a simple high this is the the worst of the worst and legalising clinics for it saying “”Go take it it is alright you can do it in safety” is like giving a maniac a fully loaded weapon and telling him not to shoot someone.

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