Discussion on introduction of injection centres for addicts to be welcomed – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Drugs Aodhán Ó Ríordáin that he would be supportive of the introduction of injection centres for addicts and that he hopes that legislation will be introduced before the next election.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“I welcome and encourage the discussion around creating such centres. I think we should not rush to rule out this proposal. The alternative is sadly a continuation of the current dangers and problems that we are all too familiar with, especially in the streets of our capital and in other large urban centres. These include the dangers of carelessly disposed needles and the health risks of injection in non-clinical settings.
“I have met personally with representatives of the Ana Liffey Drug Project and I was impressed by the points raised. If injecting centres have a valuable role to play in combating ill-health issues and the many social problems that arise around drug use, then I believe that they may well have an important contribution to make. I feel we must all be open to discussing the proposition, its benefits and downsides, and ultimately make an informed decision based on all the facts. I commend the Minister for making this brave intervention.”