It all began in moment of great triumph and political courage. Then there were complications: fierce opposition in the parliament including from the Australian prime minister John Howard, interference by the Vatican and the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board, heated community debate and a court action. Finally, in May 2001, Australia's first legally sanctioned medically supervised injecting centre opened with the challenge to save the lives of injecting drug users.
In the Eye of the Needle traces the story of the centre's first 30 months and the battles to justify its existence. It introduces us to the harrowing world of injecting drug users, their tragedies and successes and the outstanding efforts of a group of health professionals dedicated to saving lives.
Despite its success, the injecting centre continues to provoke debate. This is a story that will not go away. In the Eye of the Needle provides a unique insiders account of what continues to be one of the most controversial public health approaches of today.
Maps + diagrams
1. In the beginning
2. Preparing to open the doors
3. The first days
4. One whole month
5. Finally establishing our routine
6. Of needlesticks and dogs
7. Death of a colleague and friend
8. Reaching the six-month milestone
9. A new year, new challenges
10. European drug consumption centres'
11. Celebrating our first birthday
12. Managing drug overdoses
13. The 18-month trial ends quietly
14. Of heroin and nursing shortages
15. A serious investigation
16. Drafting the evaluation report
17. The public release of the evaluation report
18. Decisions, decisions
19. And so ended the first trial
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1