A JOURNALIST has told of her sister’s heroin nightmare and how she could have survived it.
Channel 9 reporter Laura Turner delved into her family’s heartache on Monday night’s episode of A Current Affair, telling the story of her sister Skye’s fatal drug addiction.
She died from an overdose on March 10 after falling into the scourge of heroin addiction in Melbourne.
“My sister was beautiful and intelligent, she was three years older than me and she was my idol,” Turner said.
“She was an exceptional sprinter from a young age and went on to be a Victorian sprint champion.
“But Skye had her demons, and later in life addiction took over.”
Their mother Marie Turner also revealed some of the last words Skye said to her: “I don’t want to be like this anymore”.
“She didn’t want this life, she didn’t want this life no matter what it was that she was suffering,” Marie said.
“Lately she said to me, ‘Mum I don’t want to be like this anymore’.”
The devastating fact for the family is, there could have been a chance she climbed out of the addiction trap that led to her death, but they felt there was a lack of support to help the young woman.
According to A Current Affair, Skye was getting help at a psychiatric ward at Maroondah Hospital.
Her mother wanted her to keep getting help but Skye was discharged into the care of a fellow heroin addict.
“She told me in that area that she was worthless and that she may as well die,” Marie said.
“I said, ‘My daughter has threatened her own life. She has told me that she wants to die, that her life is not worth living, she has told me this today because I had been in the room with her’.
“And what did they say? ‘They all say that’.
“My daughter is not ‘they all’. My daughter is a precious individual.”
The family said Skye may have been saved by a legal injecting room in Melbourne.
Currently the safe injecting room in Kings Cross in Sydney is the only medically supervised injection centre in the southern hemisphere.
Since its opening in 2001, there has not been one death and ambulance call outs in Kings Cross have dropped by 80 per cent.
A controversial bill was introduced to Victorian parliament in February with Sex Party leader Fiona Patten pushing for an 18-month trial of an injecting room in North Richmond in Melbourne’s inner city to be modelled off the centre in Kings Cross.
“People have to put aside their moral disdain possibly, their misguided political arguments and treat this as the desperate health issue that it is,” Ms Patten told A Current Affair.