Drug policy organisers propose controlled injection centres for drug users

Drug policy organisers propose controlled injection centres for drug users

Controlled injection centres for drug users are one option for tackling Ireland's drug abuse problem, according to the hosts of a drug policy workshop.

It is being discussed at a meeting about Ireland's drug policy organised by the London School of Economics.

Controlled centres would mean the legalisation of some drugs, and would allow people to use them in a supervised space, while also being given access to addiction treatment.

Tony Duffin from the Ana Liffey Drug Project says that there are a number of faces to Ireland's drug problem.

He said: "We have high instances of young people taking drugs.

"The instances of a cocktail of drugs, the range of things like mental health issues, so dual diagnosis, are a real serious problem we have at the moment."

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