CANBERRA’s drug testing service has been prolonged to August 2023 following an analysis.
The CanTEST Well being and Drug Checking Service gives chemical evaluation of medication, in addition to drop-in nurse consultations, and was opened in July 2022 as a six-month pilot.
Since opening its doorways, a spread of medication have been examined together with MDMA, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, ketamine and psychedelics.
In its first 4 months of operation, the service has examined 371 samples, with round 15 per cent of samples being voluntarily discarded by shoppers following testing.
The service additionally delivered 436 well being and alcohol drug interventions in its first 4 months, with some shoppers receiving a number of interventions in a single go to.
The interim impartial analysis report discovered that 80 per cent of shoppers accepted an alcohol or different drug (AOD) or healthcare intervention and 62 per cent reported by no means beforehand accessing a healthcare employee for info or recommendation about drug use.
The report recommends the pilot be accomplished and repair proceed pending the total analysis within the first half of 2023, detailing the impression the service has had over the primary three months of operation, indicating sturdy consumer help and engagement with the AOD and well being interventions.
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Ian Meikle, editor