Last month, a leaked UN report called for the decriminalisation of all drugs, and it seems like the Irish have paid attention. It is possible that from as early as next year, the use of heroin, cocaine and cannabis in Ireland will no longer be considered a crime.
Selling, or profiting from the sale of drugs will remain illegal, but the country’s drug minister is adamant that addiction will no longer be treated as a criminal offence:
“I am firmly of the view that there needs to be a cultural shift in how we regard substance misuse if we are to break this cycle and make a serious attempt to tackle drug and alcohol addiction.”
He has announced that ‘injection rooms’, will be opened in Dublin, where users can take drugs in a safe environment. They will be supervised by medical staff, and they will be supplied with clean needles and other drug paraphernalia.
This announcement has been praised, as drug awareness groups believe that ‘injection rooms’ drastically lower the rate of drug-related deaths:
— TransformDrugPolicy (@TransformDrugs) November 2, 2015
To get an idea of what these will look like, you can check out some photos of an ‘injection room’ that has been up and running in Switzerland since 1986:
The Irish government will decide next year if the use of drugs should be completely decriminalised, and the introduction of these ‘injection rooms’ has given us a good idea of which way they are inclining to vote…
Do you think these ‘injection rooms’ are a good idea? Let us know in the comments!