Page 2480 - Week 07 - Thursday, 3 August 2017
MR BARR: ACT Policing and Roads ACT have an established system in relation to both road safety and dangerous driving. Given that this matter has been raised today, I will seek from the offices of the police minister and the Minister for Transport and City Services confirmation that the matter has been examined and that potential solutions have been identified.
MR PARTON: Chief Minister, can you provide a guarantee to the residents of Preddy Way and Lewis Luxton Avenue at Gordon that you will do everything in your power to ensure that adequate safety measures have been put in place to guard against damage and injury caused by speeding vehicles near their homes?
MR BARR: Within human reason and the capacity of the government to be able to address the issues in a commonsense manner we will endeavour to respond to the issues that have been raised.
Alexander Maconochie Centre—addiction treatment
MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Corrections. Minister, I refer to the use of the drug Suboxone in the Alexander Maconochie Centre as an alternative treatment method to methadone for people with opioid addiction. Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone, comes in a film tab form, and must be absorbed orally by placing the tab under the tongue. If the tab is not placed under the tongue, it will not be absorbed properly. As a result, this drug is known for having a high diversion rate. Minister, what are the guidelines for the prescribing, dispensing and administering of Suboxone at the Alexander Maconochie Centre?
MR RATTENBURY: Given the very detailed nature of Mrs Jones’s question, and to ensure that she gets an accurate answer, I will take that on notice and provide the details.
MRS JONES: Minister, what policies and operational procedures are in place at the AMC to ensure that Suboxone is not diverted and shared amongst other inmates?
MR RATTENBURY: As with my previous answer, I will provide Mrs Jones with the details on that later.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, will there be any review of the use and dispensing of Suboxone at the AMC, and how many prisoners are currently prescribed Suboxone?
MR RATTENBURY: The nature of Mrs Dunne’s question is that she is suggesting that it should be reviewed. I will find out—
Mrs Dunne: No, I am just asking you whether there is a review. Is there one?
MR RATTENBURY: I will confirm that is the case. Also I will confirm for her the number of people that are currently accessing the drug.