Figures contained in a new tender document issued by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) shows that 2,080 prisoners received drug treatment (methadone) last year, including 436 in Mountjoy and 210 in the adjoining Dochas women’s prison. The last time the annual figure was above 2,000 was when 2,176 inmates received treatment in 2012.
The details are contained in a newly published tender for the provision of addiction pharmacist services in Mountjoy and the Dochas prison on a 365 days a year basis for the next four years. The service is estimated to cost around €1.8m and the contract is due to begin in the first quarter of next year.
Source: Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 16th October 2019