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[Irish Medical Times] Opening a gateway to treatment. (10 Nov 2015)


Following the Government’s announcement that proposals for Ireland’s first medically supervised injection room for intravenous drug users will be examined, Niamh Mullen reports that heroin users are often treated like a sub-species, with even some doctors not always understanding their needs.

Strong anti-drug sentiment among the general public will make medically supervised injecting centres (MSICs) for heroin users a hard sell, according to a leading GP specialising in alcohol and substance abuse.

Dr Garrett McGovern told Irish Medical Times that garnering public acceptance of the Government proposal would be a major challenge. “That is the big one. It will be blamed for every ill that happens in the inner city. It will be blamed for retail going down. A lot of people are not going to be interested in the evidence,” he suggested..........

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