Friday 19 January 2018

Plans for heroin injection centres a step in right direction

Minister for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Minister for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Lorraine Courtney

Walk down any alleyway in central Dublin and you'll see the evidence: discarded needles and tinfoil. During the summer there was a public outcry when a passenger shot up on a Dublin Bus, and a study of Dublin ambulance services showed that, in 2012, there were at least 469 drug overdoses - 13 of these were fatal.

But by this time next year, addicts might finally be allowed to take drugs in safe, medically supervised injection centres.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister for the National Drugs Strategy, hasn't been afraid to tackle tough issues. He outlined plans at the London School of Economics this week for supervised injection rooms for intravenous drug users, as well as plans to decriminalise possession of small amounts of drugs, including heroin, for personal use.

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