I just discovered our local community centre has installed black lights (the ones that makes your teeth glow white) in the bathrooms. According to one of the staff members and I quote " It stops people from shooting up in here".
After much argy bargy between myself and this volunteer (I can only assume) about whether or not this actually detters anyone I then said....
'So where do they shoot up now then'?
She looked dumb founded.
'I dunno' she said 'but they don't do it here anymore'.
Boom and aint that the truth. ......
We dont care, we dont think about it as long as they dont do it here.!!!!!
It gets worse!
They also have a sign on the wall, you know were the sharps disposal bin should be, saying: If you need a sharps container please contact reception.
Really? So they want some poor bastard to wander down the hall with a used syringe and scare the bejesus out of the poor woman on reception.
Or perhaps they want you to just stand at the loo door and holler real loud
"Can I have the sharps bin please?"
Both option are so very discreet and show a huge level of respect for the privacy of the individual and a high degree of thoughfulness. NOT.
Honestly, the Onkaparinga council and the general 'community' need to reaccess this situation immediately.
It seems really logical and quite simple to me but then again I'm not running council. So for the members of parliament among us i'll dot point it.
- There are over 149.591 known injectors in Australia.
- They are human beings.
- Therefor, they are part of the community.
While the majority of people who inject drugs do so in the privacy of their own homes. People who have drugs but no home to go to will still want to shoot up somewhere private with clean running water.
In the absence of Medically Supervised Injecting Centres, public toilets are the next best option.
- Blood borne virus is a very real risk amongst people who inject and they are entitled to protect themselves and others by being able to access sharps containers.
- Syringe litter happens when people do not have access to sharps bins or when police harass people accessing the Clean Needle Program CNP .
So ALL councils and gov buildings should have sharps disposal bins and ultimately MSIC.
All opposing arguements are old, outdated, inneffectual and some of them are even blatant lies. Lies that are costing precious lives. For more info ...check out this harm reduction blog http://stonetreeaus.wordpress.com/