THE Victorian government is continuing to oppose safe injecting rooms despite the peak doctors' lobby group campaigning for change.
Australian Medical Association (AMA) Victoria president Stephen Parnis says it is time to trial safe injecting rooms in Melbourne because their use will save lives and minimise the social harm of illicit drug use.
But Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge has restated the government's opposition to the proposal.
"The government does not support the establishment of injecting rooms," she said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Our harm reduction priorities are focused in other areas, including the significant expansion of pharmacotherapy services, with the doubling of the budget and expanding needle syringe programs in areas of particular need."
Dr Parnis said safe injecting rooms had the capacity to cut the number of deaths from drug overdoses, reduce ambulance call-outs and hospital admissions, lift patient outcomes and improve public order.
"Supervised injecting facilities have worked to reduce harm in Sydney's King's Cross and we're hopeful they can do the same in Melbourne's drug hotspots," he said.
Vic govt firm against injecting rooms 2012