Tuesday 20 March 2018

Dirty syringes and pavements soiled with excrement and blood - Shocking images show drug problem on city streets

Credit: @AodhanORiordain
Credit: @AodhanORiordain
Photo: @AodhanORiordain/ Twitter
Photo: @AodhanORiordain/ Twitter
Photo: @AodhanORiordain/ Twitter
Photo: @AodhanORiordain/ Twitter

The Drugs Minister says these shocking images show exactly why there is an urgent need for mobile injecting centres in Dublin.

Labour minister Aodhan O'Riordan is today taking a walk through Dublin's well-known black spots for drug use, to highlight the issue.

Today, he tweeted photos of what he encountered during the walkabout.

He found dirty syringes and pavements soiled with excrement and blood.

"We need an Injecting Centre. Human blood and excrement and also syringes openly visible on our streets," he tweeted.

Previously, the minister has said: "I think everyone who lives in Dublin knows that it happens."

"Often they don't see it in such a graphic way, but I think sometimes (they) need to become more aware of the vulnerable nature of something to demand change," he said.

"I think anybody who viewed these pictures would realise that if these people had somewhere to go to inject in a medically-supervised centre, it would be safer for the individuals and they would be less likely to leave paraphernalia behind them," Mr O'Riordan said.

The minister has said he wants to see legislation for medically-supervised injection centres introduced as soon as possible. He is hoping to get Cabinet approval soon for a new heads of bill for the Misuse of Drugs Act that would make it possible to use such centres.

"Nobody wants to see that, nobody wants to encounter or come across the needles that are left behind," he said.

"The last thing the people in those photographs need is to be treated in the criminal justice system."

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