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Saturday 28 November, 2020

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services
# Drug Treatment
# Drug Treatment

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services

Nov 28th 2020, 8:00 PM 14,500 Views 5 Comments

Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project describes how a shift in policy around Covid-19 brought about the changes to drug treatment that had been sought for years.

Monday 23 December, 2019

Tents, gated lanes and abandoned sites: How street-based injecting shapes everyday life in our cities
# STREET INJECTING
# STREET INJECTING

Tents, gated lanes and abandoned sites: How street-based injecting shapes everyday life in our cities

Dec 23rd 2019, 7:00 AM 13,984 Views 22 Comments

Injecting has an impact on our everyday environment that perhaps we don’t realise, writes Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project.

Saturday 7 September, 2019

I felt intense pressure before I did my TEDx talk - but I'm very glad I did it. Here's what I learned
# Opinion
# Opinion

I felt intense pressure before I did my TEDx talk - but I'm very glad I did it. Here's what I learned

Sep 7th 2019, 9:30 AM 19,190 Views 8 Comments

I delivered my talk with my legs shaking – but I managed it in one take, writes Tony Duffin.

Saturday 29 December, 2018

Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: No one should be prosecuted for personal possession of drugs

Dec 29th 2018, 4:00 PM 14,631 Views 38 Comments

People using drugs should be dealt with exclusively via the health system, writes Tony Duffin. Let’s make the change in 2019.

Tuesday 6 November, 2018

What can Irish cities learn from the response to drug use in New Orleans?
# Opinion
# Opinion

What can Irish cities learn from the response to drug use in New Orleans?

Nov 6th 2018, 7:00 AM 16,288 Views 3 Comments

There is an increasing recognition by police services that drug use is not a policing matter, but requires a health led response, writes Tony Duffin

Sunday 29 April, 2018

'She was frantic, her boyfriend had assaulted her and was going to make her do sex work'
# Column
# Column

'She was frantic, her boyfriend had assaulted her and was going to make her do sex work'

Apr 29th 2018, 8:45 AM 62,351 Views 19 Comments

Tony Duffin the CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project reflects on 25 years of helping people who use drugs.

Thursday 29 March, 2018

'We need to help people who use drugs make healthier choices, not treat them as criminals'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'We need to help people who use drugs make healthier choices, not treat them as criminals'

Mar 29th 2018, 7:00 AM 6,871 Views 44 Comments

Decriminalising possession can instinctively seem like a bad idea. We need to change public perception, writes Tony Duffin.

Friday 25 August, 2017

'We are all coming to the same conclusion – prohibitive drug laws harm'
# Colombia
# Colombia

'We are all coming to the same conclusion – prohibitive drug laws harm'

Aug 25th 2017, 6:30 AM 11,010 Views 47 Comments

The people who used basuco in Bogota have similar issues to those here who use crack cocaine, writes Tony Duffin.

Saturday 24 December, 2016

It's planned the first supervised injecting facility will open in 2017. So how did we get here?
# Drug Policy
# Drug Policy

It's planned the first supervised injecting facility will open in 2017. So how did we get here?

Dec 24th 2016, 12:01 PM 152 Views 35 Comments

People have reasonable fears about such centres – but those fears can be addressed, writes the Ana Liffey Drug Project’s Tony Duffin.

Tuesday 8 March, 2016

Criminalising possession doesn't discourage use - we need real solutions
# Opinion
# Opinion

Criminalising possession doesn't discourage use - we need real solutions

Mar 8th 2016, 5:00 PM 228 Views 43 Comments

Ultimately, drug policy is about two things – what works; and what is acceptable to people, writes Ana Liffey’s Tony Duffin.

Saturday 26 December, 2015

Drugs should be a priority issue for general election candidates - here's why
# Opinion
# Opinion

Drugs should be a priority issue for general election candidates - here's why

Dec 26th 2015, 10:45 AM 79 Views 35 Comments

Drug use, mental health and homelessness are all interrelated issues. There’s no clear-cut solution, writes Tony Duffin.

Wednesday 8 July, 2015

Should we stop bringing criminal charges against those possessing drugs for personal use?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Should we stop bringing criminal charges against those possessing drugs for personal use?

Jul 8th 2015, 11:30 PM 540 Views 120 Comments

It’s important to consider what is meant by ‘decriminalisation’.

Monday 13 April, 2015

Does Sydney have the solution to Dublin's public drug-taking problem?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Does Sydney have the solution to Dublin's public drug-taking problem?

Apr 13th 2015, 8:00 PM 304 Views 83 Comments

Sometimes difficult problems require courageous action.

Wednesday 24 December, 2014

Many of us will celebrate (or cope) this Christmas by using drink or drugs to excess
# Column
# Column

Many of us will celebrate (or cope) this Christmas by using drink or drugs to excess

Dec 24th 2014, 9:00 PM 91 Views 22 Comments

Everybody should be aware of simple, clear, ‘harm reduction’ messages writes Tony Duffin, Director of the Ana Liffey Drug Project.

Monday 29 September, 2014

Opinion: Coming out of addiction and homelessness is a major life event
# Homeless Ireland
# Homeless Ireland

Opinion: Coming out of addiction and homelessness is a major life event

Sep 29th 2014, 1:00 PM 368 Views 6 Comments

If we want to address complex social issues like addiction and homelessness, we need the activity of frontline services to match the vision of high level policy.

Sunday 31 August, 2014

Opinion: Addiction is often boiled down to sound bites – but the truth is complex
# Addiction
# Addiction

Opinion: Addiction is often boiled down to sound bites – but the truth is complex

Aug 31st 2014, 8:30 AM 355 Views 19 Comments

We need to reflect on how addiction affects an individual, their experience of seeking help, and what the throes of addiction are like.

Friday 25 July, 2014

Opinion: For drug service reform to work, we need to be brave and innovative
# Addiction
# Addiction

Opinion: For drug service reform to work, we need to be brave and innovative

Jul 25th 2014, 8:00 AM 21 Views 23 Comments

There are key issues to consider in ensuring that addiction services provide both high quality care for service users and value for money for the taxpayer.

Sunday 1 June, 2014

Opinion: The 'War on Drugs' has failed – let's finally implement policies that make sense
# Drug Use
# Drug Use

Opinion: The 'War on Drugs' has failed – let's finally implement policies that make sense

Jun 1st 2014, 8:30 AM 363 Views 120 Comments

Several drug-related deaths and hospitalisations this month demonstrate how our adherence to an overly-simplistic drug policy is misguided and dangerous.

Thursday 8 May, 2014

Opinion: A new drug trade is hiding in the underbelly of the internet
# Drugs
# Drugs

Opinion: A new drug trade is hiding in the underbelly of the internet

May 8th 2014, 8:15 AM 151 Views 36 Comments

We need to shine a light on the dark depths of the internet to reach people where they buy, sell and discuss drugs.

Wednesday 19 March, 2014

Column: Legislation changes our drugs landscape – but it isn’t a complete solution
# Drugs
# Drugs

Column: Legislation changes our drugs landscape – but it isn’t a complete solution

Mar 19th 2014, 7:30 PM 75 Views 80 Comments

It is time to acknowledge that drug and alcohol use is a part of modern society –and a public health issue to be managed, writes Tony Duffin.

Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Column: Philip Seymour Hoffman's death challenges our cosy stereotypes about addicts
# Heroin
# Heroin

Column: Philip Seymour Hoffman's death challenges our cosy stereotypes about addicts

Feb 5th 2014, 7:30 PM 242 Views 129 Comments

For a short period, at least, death from heroin overdose has moved from the category of ‘things that will never happen to me or my friends’ to ‘things that can happen to anyone’, writes Tony Duffin.