A determined mother who raised $1 million to set up a drug rehabilitation
centre has been forced out after she was seen as too outspoken against drugs.
Swedish anti-drug campaigners have nominated Margaret McKay for a United
Nations award, but the Swedes have also taken over the unique drug centre
Mrs McKay founded near Port Macquarie.
Mrs McKay has spent the past four years raising money to start up a rural
drug retreat based on a Swedish program she saw as the most successful way
to get young people off drugs.
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THE extreme Right and the extreme Left of politics will unite this
week to attack the planned heroin injecting room trial in Kings Cross.
Arch-conservative Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile has enlisted the
support of left-wing Swedish Green, MaLou Lindholm to tell his own
"drug summit" that the NSW trial, due to start in October, will not
Ms Lindholm, a former Green MP in the European Parliament, said Sweden
had learnt from experience that liberal drug laws led to more people
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Methadone addicts will have to sign contracts promising good behaviour
or they will be thrown off the program.
The move is aimed at preventing the 'honeypot' effect as the
Government moves methadone programs from clinics to suburban chemists.
Patients will have to agree to random drug testing, and not to inject
drugs, abuse or threaten health workers or hang around the chemists.
Special Minister of State John Della Bosca will announce today that
methadone patients will have to sign contracts designed to curb
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EVERY third chemist shop in Sydney will become a methadone
distribution centre under government plans to disperse the "honeypot"
effect of drug clinics through the suburbs.
More than 30 existing methadone clinics will be closed and replaced by
suburban pharmacists who will hand out the drug to addicts. Methadone
is used to help wean addicts off their heroin habit.
To meet the demand from thousands of addicts the number of pharmacists
handing out methadone will have to rise by 60 per cent to around 500
shops - a third of the 1,500 chemist shops in NSW.
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A veteran Liberal MP will not only defy his leader and support the
Government's injecting room trial this week, but will also try to
increase the number of rooms from one to four.
Kevin Rozzoli, a former Speaker of the NSW Parliament, will ignore
orders from Liberal Leader Kerry Chikarovski for a united stand
against the injecting room and cross the floor to vote in favour of
Mr Rozzoli said his strong belief that the trial would save lives
meant he had to follow his conscience.
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