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Call for specialised drug treatment prisons to cut overdose deaths in Victoria

Date posted: 21 October 2013

The magistrate of Victoria's drug court is calling for the establishment of special drug rehabilitation prisons to reduce the rate of overdose-related deaths after prisoners are released.

New data from the Victorian Coroner's Court shows 120 prisoners overdosed and died within two months of being released from jail, or on a post-release corrections-based order, between 2000 and 2010.

Every year, 2,400 prisoners seek drug treatment when they are released. Only 1.6 % of them get access to a residential rehabilitation bed and there is a three month waiting list for the 286 residential drug treatment beds across Victoria.

Source: ABC News

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