Druglink article 1993 – Second class citizens by Russell Newcombe

Being recorded by a doctor as a drug user, convicted of a drug offence, or known to use drugs illegally, can have repercussions on a drug user’s eligibility for a variety of jobs; licence to drive; custody of children; tenancy in rented properties; acceptability for life insurance, mortgages and loans; compensation for criminal injury; and ability to travel abroad. There is evidence that some of these repercussions deter people from seeking an HIV test and together they may be considered undemocratic discrimination against illegal drug users.

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