Dublin's approach to supporting drug users and homeless people during the Covid-19 pandemic saved lives, according to a new report from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Ana Liffey Drug Project (ALDP).
The paper states that “a pragmatic and well-coordinated government response”, alongside housing provision and the expansion of harm reduction-services, saved lives among the vulnerable group.
Sixty-three homeless people in Dublin were diagnosed with Covid-19 and there was one death, a fraction of what had been predicted.
Harm-reduction services were quickly expanded in Dublin at the start of the pandemic – including improved access to methadone treatment and naloxone (medication used to reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin), and the home delivery of prescription drugs.
Source: Orla Ryan, The Journal.ie, 01/07/20