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Rampant Hep C a reason not to have a needle exchange in the prison?

By johnboy - 26 September 2011 3

In equal parts alarming and confusing, Jeremy Hanson has put out a media release claiming half the inmates in our prisons have Hepatitis C.

This is usually considered an argument in favour of a needle exchange (on the basis that otherwise they’ll be shooting up with dirty needles, thus spreading the contagion), but not to Mister Hanson:

“It seems logical to get the basics right before even thinking about a needle exchange which almost everyone but the Chief Minister disagrees with.

“Katy Gallagher last week assured the Assembly that she will continue to advocate for the best options to manage blood-borne virus transmission within a correctional setting.?

“Her failure to provide adequate treatment to prisoners already infected makes a mockery of this supposed commitment,” Mr Hanson concluded.

In the hope that we can one day dream of walking and chewing gum is it really necessary to do treatment at the expense of prevention?

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Rampant Hep C a reason not to have a needle exchange in the prison?
I-filed 10:40 pm 28 Sep 11

Why on earth can’t the prison stop drugs going in in the first place?

Stanhope took it too far on radio this morning, prattling on about the “human rights” involved. He was very, very exercised about it, and brought in a little straw poll of a couple of prison officers he had had a conversation with, as representing wholesale dissent among the CPSU prison guards on the issue. Frankly, if Stanhope collared me at a function and squawked about a needle exchange the way he did on radio, I’d be agreeing with him just to shut him up.

Is a prisoner fancying injecting drugs and finding it difficult to get a clean needle a “human rights” issue? I think not. I think it’s a matter of: “you know full well you’ll get hep c from a dirty needle, so how about you decide not to inject”, not to mention “prison should instigate enough searches and checks to ensure drugs don’t get in”.

I would have thought the duty of care would be to get these people off drugs. How come it’s “zero tolerance” on smoking outdoors at Floriade, for law-abiding citizens, but the ACT Government’s policy is to mollycoddle hard drug users while they’re in jail?

fgzk 3:15 pm 28 Sep 11

They should encourage it and gain some control. Their discouragement is a load of s***. Its pretty obvious to see when you are talking about our “Captive audience”.

RichRick said :

I cannot agree with what Jon Stanhope said on 666 Breakfast this morning. Prisoners are a “captive audience” and should be treated for their drug addictions rather than being officially encouraged to keep on keeping on. I’m hoping Katy Gallagher will have a more balanced view than Mr Stanhope.

RichRick 1:56 pm 28 Sep 11

I cannot agree with what Jon Stanhope said on 666 Breakfast this morning. Prisoners are a “captive audience” and should be treated for their drug addictions rather than being officially encouraged to keep on keeping on. I’m hoping Katy Gallagher will have a more balanced view than Mr Stanhope.

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