Thu. May 19th, 2022

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A long-awaited static pill test site in Canberra’s city center is finally expected to start early next year, after funding for the project has been set aside in the ACT’s budget. $ 260,000 was set aside for a six-month trial of pill testing at a fixed place in the budget, but the cost will be fully offset by the health funding framework. The health authorities are currently in discussions with a number of public and non-governmental bodies regarding the pilot at a city site that has not yet been determined. As part of the trial, researchers at the Australian National University and a coalition of partners have received a $ 63,669 grant to design a study to provide real-time feedback on the trial and the feasibility of establishing a long-term service. “Based on expertise from across the ACT community, partners will be empowered to work with service providers, inform processes, and improve delivery,” said an ACT Health spokesman. “The project contributes to practical results on site here at ACT, ensuring that the service is fit for purpose, and providing accurate information on medication and harm reduction to lower mortality and morbidity associated with drug use.” The ACT government agreed to explore the idea of ​​a firm pill test trial in the Legislature last year following a push from the ACT Greens. MORE ACT POLICY NEWS: The test at the fixed location was originally scheduled to continue last summer, but it proved too difficult to deliver the pilot for a short period of time. Pill test trials have already taken place in the territory at the Groovin The Moo music festivals in 2018 and 2019. ACT Green health spokesman Johnathan Davis said he welcomed the trial but hoped the service would become permanent. “There are a lot of people in our community who use drugs and live otherwise normal lives. Pill testing is part of our government’s role in helping people stay healthy and safe,” Davis said. “Pill testing is part of the essential transition to treating substance abuse in our society as a health issue. It goes hand in hand with reducing stigma and supporting drug users who are experiencing problems.” I look forward to seeing pill tests rolled out as soon as possible and would like this to be a continuous service that provides ongoing support to members of our community. “Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content.:



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