Opponents Delay Opening of Sydney Heroin Injecting Room
A Sydney, Australia-based local business group succeeded Thursday in "halting" a final inspection of the country's first legal heroin injecting room in the city's Kings Cross neighborhood, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Excite News reports. The AIDS Council of New South Wales said that the move, which will delay the center's opening by "at least" two months, will "cost lives." The AIDS council's Robert Griew said that he has "no doubt" that the center will eventually open for trials, despite the "legal wrangling." He called the delay a "great shame," because "[p]eople are dying, [and] this is a measure that's about saving lives, so even a delay is really sad" (ABC/Excite News, 1/18).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.