Tackling drugs issues
DRUG and health authorities believe a case could be made to trial a safe injecting room in Portland for drug users, but a lack of government funding made it unlikely.
Western Region Alcohol and Drug Service director Geoff Soma made the statement on Wednesday, following on from his comments last week that Warrnambool would be an appropriate test location for an injecting room.
However, he said he had not made a submission to a current Victorian Parliamentary Committee inquiry into trialling safe injecting rooms.
Fiona Heenan, who is chairwoman of a new Local Drug Action Team to tackle alcohol, ice and other drug-related problems in the Glenelg Shire for the next 12 months, agreed that a lack of government funding would make a safe injecting room in Portland unlikely.
“Communities in the Glenelg Shire have different priorities as well, and while there is a definite problem with drugs like ice, our main concerns throughout the shire relate to alcohol and smoking,” she said.