Pubdate: Wed, 28 Oct 1998
Date: 10/28/1998
Source: Age, The (Australia)
Author: Craig Mercer

The recent critical comments made by Major Brian Watters of the
Salvation Army regarding the placement of syringe disposal bins on
Ansett aircraft illuminate the inappropriateness of his selection as
chair of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on Drugs.

Whilst he is entitled to his opinion, it is one that is based in
naive ideology rather than in reality. People from all walks of life
use drugs and drug use in our society is endemic.

Ansett is acting responsibly by placing syringe bins in aircraft
toilets so as to facilitate the safe disposal of syringes, minimise
the potential for needle-stick injuries to their staff and patrons,
and reduce its legal liability.

This may bean unfortunate sign of the times but it is nevertheless an
issue we must face.

Craig Mercer, Chair, Victorian Association of Needle Exchanges,