Drug Consumption Rooms can be utilised successfully in Ireland. Is Ireland ready for them?’
I was recently going through some old files and came across my dissertation from 2010 . I thought I would but it out into the public domain
The question posed in the study is whether Drug Consumption Rooms can be utilised successfully in Ireland. Is Ireland ready for them?
Traditionally Ireland has adopted an abstinence approach to drug use, avoiding open discussions of harm reduction long past the point when it was inevitable. The defining characteristic of Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs) is that they are legally sanctioned environments where people can take illegal drugs. Their purpose is to reduce drug-related harms. The purpose is to reduce drug related deaths, increase access of excluded drug users to mainstream services, to reduce blood borne viruses, and to reduce public nuisance behaviour such as public
The underlying assumption is that if problem drug users are provided with safe private environments within which to administer drugs there will be a reduction in unsafe public drug use. Drug Consumption Rooms have developed in their modern form since the mid-1980s.