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Poll: Should Ireland introduce prescription heroin?

Senator John Crown has said that heroin could be given under clean, supervised circumstances to remove addicts from the streets and reduce criminality. Do you agree?

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IRELAND NEEDS A “root-and-branch” reform of how it tackles drug problems, according to Senator John Crown, and prescribing heroin is one proposal that should be tabled.

The Irish doctor and politician told Morning Ireland that if addicts are given heroin under medical supervision, with restrictions about what they do in life in return, destructive behaviour could be reduced.

If we give [heroin] in clean circumstances, removed from criminality and with interaction with the therapeutic communities and services, it will get people in off the streets and interacting with potential rehabilitation.

A similar idea is being explored by the Ana Liffey Drug Project as it tries to tackle the problem of drug users injecting in public. It hopes to establish a drug-injecting centre in Dublin over the next three years.

Drug-injecting centres have been established in Germany, Holland and Australia, while Switzerland has introduced prescription heroin.

Do you agree with Senator Crown? Should Ireland allow for prescription heroin to be administered by medical staff in clean, supervised circumstances?


Poll Results:

Yes (1430)
No (606)
Don't know (153)



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