Clinic gives addicts 1000 needles a day

IPSWICH health services hand out 1000 syringes a day to drug addicts - solely for the purpose of injecting illicit intravenous drugs.

A drug expert says the figure is an indication of the seriousness of Ipswich's heroin and speed problem, but health officials and the police believe intravenous drug use is not on the rise.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service dispenses the clean syringes from Ipswich Health Plaza to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

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