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Article: From Nightclubs to Injection Centres: The Real Kings Cross

Posted in Heroin Injection site on May 28, 2009 by samanthaauciello
The Front of the Injection Centre

Walking through Kings Cross at around 11 am the reality of the area became clear to me. At night “the cross” is full of life, it exciting, bright and a fun place to be, it’s the place where the youth of Sydney party under the neon iconic Coca Cola sign.

The Front of the Injection Centre

In the day the realities of the Cross is almost heartbreaking. The emptiness of the area is felt almost instantly as I walked out of Kings Cross station and onto Darlinghurst Street. The place I had known to be the life of Sydney was actually a place of great suffering and misery.

As I looked around the amount of drug users was shockingly present. All seemed to be roaming around the establishment that has caused significant talk and controversies amongst Australian society. The medically supervised safe injection room.

The site has been established since 2001 and every few years it is reviewed to see if it is worth keeping open. When considering its success Police officer at Kings Cross Gary Koshcel has stated that its his personal opinion that “Statistics would tell you if ask them that they would tell u it’s a raging success.”

He goes on to elaborate that he “cannot tell u the last person we put in here that was deceased that over dosed.”

A health care worker at the site who cannot be named has also stated that the site can be seen as a success because “it has also achieved keeping needles/syringes off the streets.” This statement is backed up in a recent article in Sydney Morning Herald where Pastor Graham Long states “In 10 years we’ve gone from finding 150 needles a day down to two.”

The injection rooms health care worker however also discusses criticisms of the site; many people believe it is making Heroin decriminalizing Heroin, however it is only decrinialized to use in that governed area they do not supply Heroin to any people. Also in relation to people believing it promotes addiction where she states “It can be seen to be promoting addiction at the same time these people are going to use regardless if the centre is there or not we are giving these people a place to be safe”

With the site being regarded as a success the question remains will there be a need to open another site somewhere else in Sydney. But the health care worker has discussed that it can bring in more problems to the area regarding drug dealings. Officer Gary Koschels however believes that “Suburban availability is just as available as it would b at the cross” and “why would you come x if you can purchase within 10 minutes from your home.”

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Profile: Safe Injection Centre Health Care Worker

Posted in Heroin Injection site on May 27, 2009 by samanthaauciello

This persons name cannot be revealed due to legal issues.

Tell me a bit about your job?

At injection centre I am health education officer during this time while I’m at work we make sure that people are given clean injecting paraphernalia e.g. needles, clean barrels, water and anything else that’s needed. When a client comes in to inject we make sure they are not going to over dose so we check their breathing…If there oxygen is dropping to a low level we give them Narcan.

How long have you been working there?

3 years in December so 2 and half years

Do you think the site has set out what it achieved to do? Would you call it a success or failure?

Can I have two answers? Success because it has reduced the amount overdose related deaths it has also achieved keeping needles/syringes off the streets. It has also kept a lot of users away from houses, people use to come in their front yard and inject they have got somewhere to go. Saved money for the government, the government doesn’t have to spend money on ambulances when someone drops because its 500 dollars every time an ambulance leaves a bay.

It also a failure the injection centre can also help their addictions grow.

There have been a large number of ice users reportedly going to the injection site about 8%, should a site specifically designed for ice be set up if so how would it be different?

If there was to be a different site for ice users I don’t see the benefit there is nothing that you can do with someone that has just injected ice you don’t know how they r going to react, so no benefit.

People who are against the injection site say it promotes addiction, what would you say to these comments?

It can be seen to be promoting addiction at the same time these people are going to use regardless if the centre is there or not we are giving these people a place to be safe …they don’t have to go to car parks and face being victims of violence, the centre is also discreet.

Some of the challenges of the injection room?

Seeing people coming in numerous times a day. Users who as soon as they turn 18 and have had a really long time using and not being able to send them through to get a referral.  We tend to deal with a lot of the homeless population who have a lot mental health issues and it is really difficult to try and engage mental health services they will say it’s not our problem it’s a drug problem, they won’t touch them with a ten foot pole.

Do you think the site assists patients in long term recovery?

If they utilise the referrals yes, if they just come in to inject no, that’s not the purpose of that place.

Would you recommend the opening of further supervised injections rooms around Sydney, if so what areas?

If you were to open another one it can draw negative attention to the area it can also draw in more drug dealing in that area but then in saying that the place does do a good job, that’s a tough one, I think we should just keep the one that we’ve got it’s too early, are you creating more havoc in another suburb?

Profile: Police Officer in Kings Cross

Posted in Heroin Injection site on May 24, 2009 by samanthaauciello

This included shorter profile has been added because i found it gave me a great insight into a police officers role in Kings Cross.

Sargent Gary Koshcel guves his personal opinion on the Injection Site.

As a police officer you must know the streets of kings cross better then anyone would you say that since the opening of the injection site that there has been a significant drop in syringes in the streets?

I would have to say yes, bare in mind I wasn’t here in 2001 I arrived here in 2007 been here for 2 yrs having worked here previously in the 70s I would think on the street significant drop of drug affected people.

Do you think that the site has been a success?

Statistics would tell you if ask them that they would tell u it’s a raging success. market reduction in availability and supply, and the affect that u cant overdose the choice of drug they wish to inject has changed a lot, we have now gone into brown heroin, most people are ice injectors it has market impact , overdose reduce, I cannot tell u the last person we put in here that was deceased that over dosed.

Do you think the site has drawn in even more negative attention to kings cross and brought in further problems?

I’m not suggesting that there r more people coming here, I wouldn’t believe that to be a truthful answer, why would you come cross if you can purchase within 10 minutes from your home, people come to cross for the occasion and the availability to continually drink for 24/7. I think we are getting repeat users. Suburban availability is just as available as it would b at the Cross.