HEALTH MINISTER CARMEL TEBBUTT NEEDS A REST

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sydney activist GARY BURNS has called for NSW Health Minister CARMEL TEBBUTT to resign in the wake of the scandal over the ‘how to take drugs’ booklet “Routes Of Administration” produced by ACON, formerly known as the AIDS Council of NSW.

Burns said that in light of Tebbutt’s failure to response to concerns over the booklet and other concerns about ACON – which have drawn widespread publicity in both the Fairfax and Murdoch press – Tebbutt should join the 22 other Labor MPs who have resigned ahead of the NSW State Election.

Burns said the NSW Government-funded Routes Of Administration booklet, which details numerous techniques for taking drugs including snorting, injecting and shafting (insertion into the anus), posed a threat to the lives of children.

“There may be an argument for this information to be presented to known drug users within the confines of an ongoing treatment program,” said Mr Burns.

“But to have this information available online for absolutely anyone to access is outrageous.

“The booklet gives very specific information on how to take all sorts of drugs and makes it look like a walk in the park. Kids could access it and end up dying in the gutter.

“Ms Tebbutt has a son herself. Being a mother, she should know better.

“Her own son could end up dead in the gutter because of her inaction as a minister in an elected government.”

Burns also questioned why the NSW Government had given ACON funds to produce the booklet when it claimed to be concerned about gay and lesbian welfare.

“Last week, the NSW Government announced a $250,000 program called Proud Schools to help combat homophobia in schools,” said Mr Burns.

“Well, what good are anti-homophobia measures to a kid who ends up stone motherless cold in the morgue because they’ve attempted to follow ACON’s drug booklet.

“The Routes Of Administration booklet is a step-by-step guide to killing yourself.”

Burns added that he was insulted that Tebbutt apparently thinks “all homosexuals are drug addicts who spend their time shooting up and shafting” and questioned why the gay community needed drug “education” over and above that provided to the general community.

“The Health Department already has its own drug education and harm minimisation initiatives. Why it supports ACON doing extra so-called drug education specifically for the gay community is beyond me,” he said. “After all, we’re not an endangered species.

“It makes us look like a pack of druggies, which we’re not.

“I don’t even take a Bex powder when I have a sickly migraine,” he said.

Mr Burns concluded: “Ms Tebbutt, it’s time to go. Everything and everyone has a use-by date,, just like the milk in your refrigerator. And it’s quite obvious, love, that you have reached yours.

“It’s time to call it a day, go home, put your feet up on the poof and have a rest.”

ENDS

More information:

To view ACON’s Routes Of Administration drug booklet, visit:
www.acon.org.au/alcohol-and-other-drugs/using-drugs/Routes-of-Administration

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Oz taxpayers’ money funding guide to snorting cocaine, other party drugs

2011-01-23 16:10:00
 

The Australian taxpayers’ money is being used to fund a guide on ways to inject, snort, and swallow cocaine and other party drugs.

The guide, however, is being released under the guise of AIDS prevention.

The guide titled ‘Routes of Administration‘, is being published by the former AIDS Council of NSW, now known as ACON, which was set up to promote health and reduce HIV transmission in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, reports News.com.au.

The document, available at ACON’s offices and via the Internet, includes tips such as: finely chop powdered drugs before inhaling, alternate nostrils and rinse nostrils after snorting – using common house and office utensils.

Warning readers not to mix up their utensils with those of other people, the guide advises: “Using post-it notes with your name on is an easy way to keep track of your own equipment.”

What is the justification for such a guide you ask? They say Hepatitis C can be passed on from sharing equipment.

However, the guide doesn’t have many takers. Gay activist Gary Burns, most widely known as the man who sued radio broadcaster John Laws for vilification against homosexuals, believes that the guide is “dangerous”.

“It is way beyond harm minimisation. It is giving you a step-by-step guide to killing yourself,” he said.

A NSW Health spokesman said the harm reduction strategies in no way condoned drug use. (ANI)

 

Complaint lodged against drug guide

January 23, 2011 – 6:09PM

AAP

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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