Detox beds, not injecting rooms, are the answer to drug problem
It is now two years since Jonathan Corrie was found dead in a doorway near Leinster House. The incident caused much hand-wringing over the homelessness problem in Ireland. There was a call for more hostel beds.
But then we discovered that Mr Corrie had been offered a bed in a hostel by homelessness services several times and refused it. As more information came to light, it turned out that Mr Corrie's big problem was drug addiction.
The other day, the Health Research Board produced figures for the number of drug-related deaths during the period 2004-2014. In 2014, there were 697 such deaths.