Ireland has moved towards the decriminalization of specific drugs, which include cannabis, cocaine and heroin.
The ‘radical cultural shift’ was publicized on Monday, as Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the minister responsible for Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy , as well told a lecture at the London School of Economics that from 2016 drug users can inject in special rooms around Dublin.
Sources say the minister stated they will be changing their attitude to drugs, so they are helping addicts instead of disgracing them; however, he as well emphasized there was a huge difference between legalization and decriminalization.
Dealers will still be regarded as criminals, because it would be a crime to profit from the distribution and sale of unauthorized drugs; however, drug takers would stop getting criminalized for their addiction.
Adding, there’s a “strong consensus that there is a strong consensus that drugs across the board must be decriminalized”.
His remarks come following a leaked report from (UNODC) the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime that seemed to be calling for globally decriminalization.
In relation to the ‘injection rooms’, Mr Ó Ríordáin stated they will be ‘clinically controlled environments’, whose objective is to stop people who are already at risk from putting themselves at more danger.
Mr Ó Ríordáin added: “Study has disclosed that the use of controlled injecting centers is linked to self-reported declines in injecting risk behaviors.
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