The Government will introduce new anti-toxic drugs laws on Tuesday as it ramps up the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Key points:The proposed laws will mean a person will be prosecuted if they inject a toxic drug into their body in publicThe Government says it is the duty of health officials to ensure all patients have access to safe drugsThe legislation is part of a wider anti-drug campaign which includes measures including banning the use of toxic chemicals in food and drink, and banning certain people from working or visiting the country.
The Government’s drug strategy has focused on increasing the use and supply of safer drugs.
It includes a $10 billion national investment in new drugs to fight the pandemic, including a $4 billion package to develop a vaccine.
Key point:The Government is proposing new laws on the use, supply and manufacture of toxic drugsThe proposed legislation will mean an offender would be prosecuted for injecting a toxic substance into their blood if it had the effect of causing a serious or life-threatening disease.
This could include a person injecting a chemical into their mouth or a blood vessel.
It will also include a prohibition on the importation of toxic substances into Australia.
A spokesperson for Health Minister Jill Hennessy said she was committed to ensuring all Australians have access “to safe and effective drugs” and the proposed legislation was part of that.
“I have listened to the concerns of Australians, who are concerned about the health impact of this coronaviruses pandemic and we have taken steps to ensure that all Australians, no matter where they live, have access for as long as possible to safe and ineffective drugs,” she said.
“We have also put forward a strategy to address the challenges facing our health system and the needs of our citizens.”
The Government will be implementing its plan to address drug use and toxic substances in Australia.
“What is the coronas coronaviral coronavillosis virus?
The coronavirecavirus is a virus that causes severe coronavascular diseases, including respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.
Its symptoms include fever, cough, cough and sore throat.
The majority of cases in Australia are mild.
Infections can be mild and not fatal.