Drug cen­tre plans stalled

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - TODAY IN YOUR SUNDAY INDEPENDENT -

Plans for Ire­land’s first su­per­vised drug in­ject­ing cen­tre have hit a stum­bling block af­ter Dublin City Coun­cil de­cided it needs plan­ning per­mis­sion.

The cen­tre is to al­low ad­dicts to in­ject il­le­gal drugs pur­chased else­where under the su­per­vi­sion of a health pro­fes­sional. The HSE had hoped to by­pass the usual plan­ning process, as the cen­tre was set to be run as a pi­lot project for 18 months.

How­ever, the Dublin Busi­ness Al­liance has ob­jected to the lo­ca­tion of the cen­tre and queried whether it needed plan­ning per­mis­sion. The news comes in the wake of an EU drugs agency re­port which un­der­lined the ef­fec­tive­ness of such fa­cil­i­ties.

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