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Australia: Wire: NSW Psychologist Arrested Over Injecting Room

Media Awareness ProjectAustralia: Wire: NSW Psychologist Arrested Over Injecting Room

Australian Associated Press Wed, 21 Jun 2000

Newshawk: Ken Russell

NSW PSYCHOLOGIST ARRESTED OVER INJECTING ROOMPolice have arrested a man for allegedly setting up his own public safe heroin injecting room.

The New South Wales psychologist is under investigation over the injecting room in the northern NSW town of Lismore.

He is currently being interviewed by police, a police spokesman said.

The unofficial heroin injecting room comes ahead of the opening of Australia’s first legal injecting room, which is due to open in Kings Cross in October.

It follows the controversial unauthorised shooting gallery at the Wayside Chapel, which had resulted in the arrest of a Kings Cross clergyman.

In August 1999, 61-year-old Uniting Church pastor the Reverend Ray Richmond was summonsed to appear at Downing Centre Local Court charged with aiding and abetting the self-administration of a prohibited drug.

He allegedly helped two men inject heroin in the Wayside Chapel on May 12.

The charges against Reverend Richmond were later dropped.

The Wayside Chapel’s so-called tolerance room became Australia’s first church-run shooting gallery when it opened amid controversy on May 3 last year before closing ten days later.

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