Pubdate: Tue, 02 Apr 2002
Source: Australian Associated Press (Australia Wire)
Copyright: 2002 Australian Associated Press
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A UNITING Church pastor says Australian governments will eventually allow a 
prescription heroin trial because they will not be able to deny the success 
of overseas studies. The ACT has revived its campaign by calling on Labor 
States to support a national trial despite Prime Minister John Howard 
opposing it.

The New South Wales government is continuing with its heroin injecting room 
trial at Kings Cross but Premier Bob Carr has previously ruled out an 
over-the-counter trial.

Ray Richmond, pastor of the Uniting Church's Wayside Chapel crisis centre 
at Kings Cross, says politics would ultimately give way to commonsense and 
international evidence.

Mr Richmond says a trial offers hope to hardcore users who need to break 
not only their drug addiction but also their dependence on crime to fund it.
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