In the Eye of the Needle

Diary of a medically supervised injecting centre

Dr Ingrid van Beek
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The extraordinary story of Australia's first legal injecting clinic provides important insights into the harrowing world of the addict and the outstanding efforts of a dedicated group of professionals.

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.

Author bio:

Dr Ingrid van Beek is the medical director of the Sydney medically supervised injecting centre. She is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and an internationally recognised authority in harm reduction.

Category: Current Affairs & Politics
ISBN: 9781741143812
Table Of Contents: Acronyms

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
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: October 2004
Page Extent: 240
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Social issues & processes