Controversial drug injection hub may be delayed to late 2019

by Dublin Gazette
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A planned supervised injection centre on Merchant’s Quay is set to be further delayed and may not open until late 2019.

Earlier this year, the HSE awarded the tender for the long-proposed supervised injection centre to charity, Merchant’s Quay Ireland (MQI).

The centre was expected to open by September this year but has faced a number of push-backs including complaints from local businesses, residents and a school.

The centre will comprise six booths for supervised drug use, aiming to reduce disease transmission and overdoses, as well as intending to connect drug addicts with treatment services.

So far, there have been more than 100 objections against the plan from numerous groups in the area, including a national school.

They say that the area has already depreciated due to the existing needle facility already at Merchant Quay’s headquarters, and that the area will worsen with the introduction of an injection facility.

A number of those objecting to the centre claim also that the facility will lead to an increase in drug dealing and crime and say that the centre will have a negative effect on nearby tourist facilities in the Christchurch area.

Now, Dublin City Council has made a request for additional information regarding the centre before it can agree to grant permission for the centre.

Plans for the centre were lodged in October, but MQI have been told to devise a detailed management plan for the centre, in addition to showing in that there is not already an over-concentration of comparable facilities in the locality.

MQI has also been asked to compare what it proposes in the plan with established facilities in other countries, information on the expected number of clients and the approximate duration of visits.

MQI have also been asked to detail measures to prevent the overspill of queues onto public roads, and to justify “the extensive hours of operation” for the supervised drug use facility.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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