Complaint lodged against drug guide

January 23, 2011 – 6:09PM


A Sydney activist says he has lodged a complaint with NSW police over a booklet – produced by a group which receives funding from the NSW government – which shows the safest ways to take illegal drugs.

The booklet gives information on how to take drugs, including a section on snorting which advises people to “alternate nostrils” and to “rinse the nostrils out after snorting”.

It also advises those injecting to “rotate injecting sites from arm to arm and up and down the same arm” and to have a hot shower to “increase the size of the veins to make injecting easier”.

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The booklet, Routes of Administration, is produced by ACON – the former AIDS Council of NSW – and is available for anyone to download at ACON’s website.

Sydney activist Gary Burns said on Sunday he had written to NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione asking him to assign detectives to investigate ACON over its how-to-take-drugs booklet.

“As a concerned community member, I want to see ACON investigated to see if the organisation has broken any laws,” Mr Burns told AAP.

He said ACON was “aiding and abetting illegal drug use” and he was concerned that there was nothing to stop younger teenagers from downloading the booklet and “killing themselves”.

“I can’t even follow a recipe to make a sponge cake without stuffing it up,” he said.

“How can any Tom, Dick or Jack download these directions and follow them to take illicit drugs in a step-by-step guide without killing themselves?

“What I’m saying is: people make mistakes.”

NSW police said they could not confirm whether a complaint had been received.

The Sunday Telegraph has reported that ACON receives 75 per cent of its $12 million budget from the state government through NSW Health.

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Author: Garry Burns

Gary Burns is an Australian anti-discrimination campaigner. He successfully tested the homosexual vilification provisions of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 with a complaint of personal homosexual vilification against broadcaster John Laws and Sydney radio station 2UE that concluded in his favour in 2002.[1] Burns went on to front public interest cases against high profile figures and media establishments for unlawful homosexual vilification.

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