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McGuire, Vivion (2010) MQI annual review 2008. Drugnet Ireland, Issue 32, Winter 2009, p. 25.

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The Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI) annual review for 2008 was launched on 29 September 2009 by Mr Ryan Tubridy.1  

MQI’s needle-exchange service recorded that the number of client visits in 2008 remained steady at just under 40,000; however, almost 1,000 of those visits were by new clients. The report  also highlights a continuing high level of demand for homeless services, with a 4% increase in the number of meals provided for homeless people. There was a decrease in the numbers seeking help from MQI’s primary health care services,  resulting from a decision to limit the number of attendees and give adequate time to those presenting.
In 2008 MQI completed the implementation of a national prison-based addiction counselling service to 13 prisons and is providing in excess of 1,000 counselling hours per month and working with 440 prisoners. With the support of the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, MQI has expanded its family support service, which now includes a confidential helpline, counselling, support groups and drug education awareness for families. In late 2008 MQI in association with the Midland Regional Drugs Task Force introduced the Midlands Family Support and Community Harm Reduction Service, providing outreach and working with families of those actively using drugs.
The types of service offered by MQI and the numbers of people accessing them in 2008 are shown below.



Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
All substances
Issue Title
Issue 32, Winter 2009
18 January 2010
Page Range
p. 25
Health Research Board
Issue 32, Winter 2009
Accession Number
HRB (Available)

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