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In the Eye of the Needle : Diary of a medically supervised injecting centre - Ingrid van Beek

In the Eye of the Needle

Diary of a medically supervised injecting centre

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9781741143812
Number Of Pages: 240

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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

ISBN: 9781741143812
ISBN-10: 1741143810
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1