TRAGIC: Addicts share bloody needles on church step – meters from Dublin’s O’Connell St


The two men were collared on camera at 1:30pm last Friday by a worker who told it is a quotidian occurrence.

“Some of the stuff I’ve seen is hard to believe,” he said.

The footage rades one man wearing a baseball cap injecting into his groin as he stands next to a ebb pipe, beside the gated rear entrance to the cathedral.

Meanwhile a two shakes of a lambs tail addict fumbles with a tourniquet as he desperately searches for a vein to get his hit.

The man in the hat then subs down beside his associate and helps him tie off his arm before using the needle, which had reasonable been pulled from his own groin, to dose his friend full of opiates.

The individual who recorded the footage can be heard saying: “they’re using the at any rate needle as well” as the addict injects his l.

In a study conducted by the Stupefy Treatment Centre Board and the HSE found that more than half of intravenous opiate users reported sharing used injecting equipment while 61 per cent state they had loaned their own used needles to someone else.

Another analyse, which was carried out by Trinity College and began in 1985, found that two thirds of intravenous dulls users in Dublin’s south inner city had died as a result of their addictions, with the the greater rt ssing away from HIV related illness.

Yesterday Health Priest Simon Harris confirmed that the government plans to open a medically directed injection centre in Dublin later this year.

A new law allowing for the organization of a drug injecting facility is expected to be published this summer.

The Elegant Gael TD said that initially one facility will be opened on a guide basis in the city centre, with the possibility for further centres being set up across the hinterlands to be considered at a later date.

“An independent evaluation would be an intrinsic environment to this initiative; determining the utility, safety and cost-effectiveness of the supervised imbuing facility in an Irish context,” he said.

“The outcome of such an evaluation purposefulness inform any decision to licence further facilities.”

The supervised injection hearts were originally proposed last year by former Drugs Clergyman Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin.

In December 2015, the cabinet approved the drafting of legislation that wish enable licenses to be issued for the establishment of such facilities.

Mr Harris has clinched that the government will go ahead with plans to set up a supervised inserting facility in the capital in an attempt to alleviate problems of public injecting and medication addiction.

Later this year, it is expected that the first concentrate of its kind will open in the capital, although an exact site has yet to be sure.

“In line with the experience of other countries which have installed such facilities, it would be expected that the numbers would be few and the spots carefully selected to address most effectively the requirements and concerns of the usage users and the wider community,” he said.

He added that the drafting of the invoice by the Office of rliamentary Counsel is at “an advanced stage” and, subject to approval by regulation, it is antici ted it will be published “in coming months”.

Catherine Byrne, serve of state in the de rtment of health, also discussed the issue in response to a procedural question from Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien.

“Government game plan in relation to drugs emphasises the importance of providing the opportunities for people to lead on from illicit drug use, through drug treatment and rehabilitation, to a drug-free vitality where that is achievable,” she said.

“The provision of harm reduction amplitudes, such as needle and syringe programmes and methadone maintenance treatment, let up on drug-related harm and facilitate recovery by providing a thway into handlings.”

The Dublin South Central TD added that a supervised injecting rest room would help to prevent injury and death, and offer people the authenticate they need in safer conditions.

“There is a problem with alley injecting in Dublin and elsewhere. This practice is unhygienic and poses a weighty health risk for the drug users themselves and results in discarded needles which alms a public health risk to others,” she said.

“The establishment of supervised instiling facilities has been proposed to ameliorate this problem.”

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