16/12/2014

Support Sought For Ireland's First Residential Drug Treatment Centre

Drug addiction service, the Ana Liffey project, is hoping to establish Ireland's first drug treatment centre in Dublin's city centre.

Called a residential stabilisation service, the Ana Liffey project, introduced its new strategic plan for "a creative approach to targeting drug related harm".

They claim the centre could:

• Reduce incidents of overdose, which currently results in one death a day

• Introduce Medically Supervised Injecting Centres in Ireland

• Introduce Low Threshold Residential Stabilisation Services in Ireland

• Increase services across Ireland to meet the needs of people and communities experiencing problem drug use.

The project is seeking support to provide a suitable premises for a 'low threshold residential stabilisation' service, which it says would provide treatment for drug users with multiple and complex needs which require immediate specialist support.

Tony Duffin, Director of the Ana Liffey project, said: "It would be Ireland's first residential stabilisation service of its kind for people with addiction problems, providing the direct access, medical stabilisation, clinical assistance and mental health care that these people need as they present to the service. In return we are confident that the local community will see a reduction in crime, anti-social behaviour and drug taking in the streets and alleys."

(MH/JP)

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