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

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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Last updated: 22 October 2013
 
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