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McCarthy, Muireann (2018) The public’s perceptions of supervised injecting facilities and the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use. Masters thesis, University College Cork.

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This thesis examines the extent of the public’s support or disagreement towards two topical subjects; Supervised Injecting Facilities and the Decriminalisation of personal drug use. Presented here is a qualitative analysis of research drawn up empirically through an online questionnaire combining 849 participants. This paper explores the public’s perception analysing existing literature regarding these two topics, investigating radical policies and different models used in other countries and jurisdictions. In the Literature review, the developments in the context of criminological discussions on harm reduction and suicide principals organised crime regarding the drug crime, social welfare, drug policy and homelessness. In conjunction with preventing stigma attached from taking drugs, media attention, adopting a public health approach addressing taking drugs safely, and switching from a crime related approach to a health led approach. It concludes to contrary predictions there is real knowledge and support to decriminalisation supervised injecting facilities and legalisation but not specific drugs or if it is detailed.

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