More than 7,000 people died from opioid overdose in Ireland in the 10 years up to 2014, a Dublin GP has said.
Prof Gerard Bury said if the death toll from such overdoses was occurring from any other health issue it would attract much more attention. He said there is an urgent need for supervised injection centres in a number of locations in Dublin.
The Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 passed all stages in the Oireachtas yesterday. The Bill will allow the Minister for Health Simon Harris to issue a licence, with conditions, to operate Ireland’s first supervised injecting facility.
Such a facility would provide a controlled environment where drug users may self-administer, by injection, drugs they have brought with them.
Source: Vivienne Clarke, The Irish Times, 11/05/17