Unprecedented homelessness is worsening the addiction crisis in the capital as living on the street acts as a barrier to getting treatment, Merchant's Quay Ireland (MQI) says.
In its annual review for 2016, the rehabilitation service highlighted the continued growth of homelessness and its impact on the drug crisis. A total of 6,539 people used MQI homeless services last year.
More than 10,000 individuals with needs spanning addiction, mental health and homelessness sought its help.
"The impact of the current unprecedented level of homelessness is most acutely felt at street level, where active drug users are being left behind as the Government scrambles to address the urgent needs of families," said Tony Geoghegan, chief executive of MQI.
Source: Ian Begley, Independent.ie, 08/09/17