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Poll: Should Dublin open a drug injecting centre?

Advocates say such facilities reduce the harm associated with injecting drug use.

A FORMER TOP policeman in Australia has said that concerns that the opening of a Dublin drug injecting centre could lead to an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour may be unfounded.

Advocates say that safe injection facilities (SIFs) reduce the harm associated with injecting drug use. They are supervised spaces where people can inject drugs in a clean and hygienic setting off the street.

It is understood that plans for a pilot supervised injecting room in the capital are at an advanced stage, and that the issue will be dealt with in this Dáil term.

After the introduction of such a centre in Sydney, it made a huge difference to crime rates in the area.

Pat Paroz, the former Commander of Drug and Alcohol Coordination for the New South Wales Police, told “Most of the trends in property theft and violent crime went down from when the injecting centre was introduced.”

So, what do you think? Should Dublin open a drug injecting centre?

Poll Results:

Yes (6062)
No (2332)
No interest/No opinion (313)

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