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That heroin trials should be considered as a new option to stop death by overdose The use of heroin has been a long standing problem in society and nothing is going to change Despite popular belief it is here to stay Since the strategy of herointrials has been proposed it has brought out negative views suggesting that it is thewrong approach Then what is the right approach Continue twiddling or thumbs and crossing our fingers in the hope that the occasional heroin bust will do something more than put a scratch in the solid foundation that is the illicit drug trade This will simply fail Another approach must be taken which recognises the needs of addicts who have been unable to quit their habit As Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Mr Neil Comrie states We live in a drug taking society1 If we could just accept this as a fact then we could begin to act accordingly In conjunction with current methods heroin injecting rooms and distribution trials have the potential to considerably harm the street drug trade and crush the increasing drug-related death rate These rooms would offer a clean environment and a healthier option for addicts rather that them having to shoot up in a back alleyway or some vile public toilet Dr Alex Wodak President of the Australian Drug Law Reform said Illicit drug use needs to be treated primarily as a health rather than a law enforcement issue2 This is true these people suffer from a disease they need help and a supportive shoulder to lean on not a jail cell The zero tolerance scheme turns sick people into criminals this is not the right way to address the problem Australia spends over thirteen billion annually on alcohol and tobacco alone both are potential death traps both capable of addiction both legal Hypocrites If we are willing to accept those in society with such vile habits why are we not
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