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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 268

Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (16:26): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i)   today is the 15th annual International Overdose Awareness Day, commemorating all those who have died or been seriously injured due to drug overdose, and

(ii)   six people lose their lives to preventable overdose in Australia each day; and

(b) calls on the Government to address the rising rates of harm associated with drug use by implementing and appropriately resourcing evidence-based harm reduction policies, including:

(i)   greater access to needle and syringe programs across the country with an urgent roll-out of trials inside prisons,

(ii)   expanded access to medically supervised injecting facilities across Australia,

(iii)   promoting awareness of the life-saving opioid reversal drug Naloxone, and highlighting its availability over the counter in pharmacies, and

(iv)   working with state and territory governments to cease the use of drug sniffer dogs at festivals and urgently introduce trials of pill testing for the upcoming festivals season.