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#122046 - 02/04/04 11:52 PM Re: Shooting gallery  
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the term is in common use here in Oz. Infact there is a government sanctioned "shooting gallery" in the Sydney suburb of Kings Cross. The controvertial "galley" was set up about 2 years ago despite howls of protest from local residents and business. The gallery provides a "safe" haven for addicts with a supply of clean needles and emmergency help in the advent of an overdose. Sources claim a massive reduction in deaths through overdoses and reduction in rates of intravenious infections.


#122047 - 02/05/04 02:26 AM Re: Shooting gallery  
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And the government pays for that does it? Hm.


#122048 - 02/05/04 02:59 AM Re: Shooting gallery  
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the government pays

Parbly cheaper than paying for the consequences of not having it.


#122049 - 02/05/04 11:55 PM Re: Shooting gallery  
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Yes, the shooting gallery is run and funded by the government. I think their premise being that the addicts and the public are better off if these activities are carried out in a controled environment. No needle sharing, needles disposed in a proper manner, emmergency help available in event of OD's etc. I believe it's a sensible step but no one wants one in their *back yard*


#122050 - 02/06/04 07:08 AM Re: Shooting gallery  
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A pilot scheme like the one you describe was proposed a year or so back for either Glasgow or Edinburgh but so far no move has been made. Public disquiet at the concept has been blamed for the lack of action. There have been needle exchange schemes, with public funding, in major cities here for some years.


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