Laundromats, stairwells being used as 'makeshift drug dens' in Melbourne
A 9News investigation has uncovered footage of St Kilda laundromats being used as make-shift drug dens.
Addicts are shooting up and dealing in broad daylight and in front of children.
Business owners say locations like laundromats and apartment stairwells are turning into unofficial injection centres.
Friends of St Kilda spokesperson Darren Robinson told 9News someone had tried to force his 13-year-old son to smoke the drug ice.
“Walking down Fitzroy Street a person was smoking an ice pipe. That person tried to put that ice pipe in my son’s mouth and tried to get my son to smoke it,” Mr Robinson said.
St Kilda has long had a drug riddled history, but residents say things have never been this bad, claiming drug deals are becoming an all too familiar site.
Community leader David Van said people are picking up needles from the crisis centre and from the Sacred Heart mission before finding a little “bolt hole” to shoot up.
”You’ll see them shoot up, its ice, and they can’t wait for that next hit,” Mr Van said.
Some businesses along St Kilda’s famous Acland and Fitzroy Streets say they have been forced to close.
“Who wants to go down the street and sit down at a café when someone with a needle in their arm is next to you,” said Katherine Wilson from Off the Rails Café.
“We see lots of people shooting up, defecating, urinating, abusing people … I’ve been physically abused twice,” she said.
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