Libs ready to re­ject drug room

Herald Sun - - NEWS - MATT JOHN­STON

THE Vic­to­rian Coali­tion would dump a con­tro­ver­sial drug in­ject­ing cen­tre trial in Rich­mond if it wins the Novem­ber state elec­tion.

De­bate has raged since it was re­vealed last week the An­drews Gov­ern­ment would now al­low ice to be used in the fa­cil­ity — sev­eral months af­ter Men­tal Health Min­is­ter Mar­tin Fo­ley ruled out metham­phetamines.

The gov­ern­ment ar­gues it is lis­ten­ing to the ex­perts, but crit­ics within the coali­tion say it is “mad­ness”.

It is un­der­stood the be­lief there ap­pears to be no prac­ti­cal way to strip ice out of the trial — which the gov­ern­ment says is needed to try to stop dozens of heroin over­dose deaths — was the rea­son Op­po­si­tion Leader Matthew Guy has changed his mind over con­tin­u­ing the pro­gram that be­gins mid-year.

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