Stuckey Says NO to Injecting Room in Palm Beach

23 Sep 2010 3:55 PMJann Stuckey

23 September 2010

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin, has opposed calls for a supervised drug injecting centre to be established in Palm Beach.

“Reports are circulating that drug injecting rooms, similar to the one in Kings Cross in Sydney, should be established in Fortitude Valley and Palm Beach,” Ms Stuckey said.

The suggestion has come from the Queensland Intravenous AIDS Association, claiming Fortitude Valley and Palm Beach are street based injecting communities with an urgent need for such a facility.

“Palm Beach is not Kings Cross or Fortitude Valley. It is a residential area with families and young children.

“Judging by the sentiment of the community when plans for a Needle Syringe Program were pushed onto Palm Beach in 2007, I doubt residents would be at all accepting of an injecting room in our suburb, medically supervised or not.    

“Originally, the intent of the NSP was to provide a multitude of services and education for the purposes of harm minimisation and prevention.

“Unfortunately it has proven to be more of a hand-out than a rehabilitation program.

“The current NSP facility has only one staff member and is not an appropriate location for a drug injecting room.

“A step in this direction is almost promoting illicit drug use in our community.

“I strongly oppose any action authorities might be considering on this issue.

“Kings Cross and Fortitude Valley are designated entertainment areas. We cannot have drug injecting rooms in a residential suburb.