More of a fo­cus on detox beds is re­quired

Bray People - - NEWS -

TIGLIN, a res­i­den­tial ad­dic­tion re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre for men and women lo­cated in Ash­ford, has wel­comed the Cab­i­net’s de­ci­sion to open su­per­vised in­ject­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

While greet­ing the in­vest­ment in in­jec­tion cen­tres, Tiglin CEO Phil Thomp­son (pic­tured) is urg­ing the Gov­ern­ment to place a fo­cus on pro­vid­ing detox beds so as to re­duce po­ten­tial fa­tal­i­ties.

‘Any sup­port for those caught in the mis­ery of ad­dic­tion is wel­come, but more needs to be pro­vided to pave the way out of the trap,’ said Mr Thomp­son.

Re­act­ing to the Cab­i­net’s de­ci­sion, he con­grat­u­lated Min­is­ter of State Cather­ine Byrne on her sup­port for the ini­tia­tive

‘Any ini­tia­tive that de­creases the risk of a fa­tal over­doses or blood born dis­eases is to be wel­comed but I would like to see more done to also con­cen­trate on pro­vid­ing an in­crease in detox beds. Ire­land cur­rently has 58 detox beds for ap­prox 20,000 in­di­vid­u­als ad­dicted to il­licit drugs, like heroin. This is where more bal­ance would be a wel­come in­vest­ment.’

Tiglin is nor­mally al­ways full to ca­pac­ity, cater­ing for around 40 peo­ple, while there is also a long wait­ing list to at­tend the ser­vices they pro­vide.

‘ The co­hort of peo­ple we are reach­ing wish to move their re­cov­ery be­yond harm re­duc­tion and ac­tive drug use and en­gage in ab­sti­nence based re­cov­ery,’ added Mr Thomp­son.

‘At present, we have 63 peo­ple wait­ing for help from Tiglin, and 45 of those need a detox bed be­fore they can en­ter our pro­gramme. We con­tin­u­ally see peo­ple wait­ing four to six months for a detox bed. The Na­tional Drugs Strat­egy 20092016 talks about ac­cess for drug users to treat­ment within one month and this is nowhere near be­ing achieved. In­jec­tion cen­tres will save lives no doubt, but they will be the lives of those who are in the vicin­ity of the in­jec­tions cen­tres only. Detox beds could reach those in need na­tion­wide.’

Tiglin of­fers a pro­gramme for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from ad­dic­tion, with typ­i­cally a 78 per cent suc­cess rate. A lack of detox beds slows down the in­take of ad­dicts and ex­poses them to more risks.

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