Supervised injecting centres have been approved by the Seanad today in the latest update of how our country handles drug addiction.
The Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 was passed today and will allow for the possession and preparation of controlled substances in supervised premises.
The proposed facilities will ensure access to sterile injecting equipment, and trained staff will be on site to administer emergency care incase of any overdoses.
They will also offer advice on treatment and rehabilitation options.
The Journal.ie reported that Tony Duffin, CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, also welcomed the news.
Talking outside the Oireachtas, he said: “This is a great day for drug policy in Ireland. Supervised injecting facilities are a very positive step – they will save both lives and money.
"Ana Liffey has been working for the implementation of these services for a number of years, and it is terrific to see that work pay off."
There are currently 90 supervised injection centres in use worldwide, including 30 cities in the Netherlands, 16 cities in Germany and 8 cities in Switzerland .
There has never been an overdose death in any of the centres.
A proposed centre for Dublin would open for 12 hours a day, seven days a week and would cost between €1.5 million and €1.8 million per year .