In an unorthodox move, Ireland plans to instill dedicated heroin-injection centers to provide drug users with a safe and supervised environment for consumption.
The announcement was made by the Drug Minister on Monday. The government plans for the legislation to allow the injection rooms to be functional by early 2016.
The basic idea is to prevent overdoses, while offering a sterile place for addicts. Many of the users don’t plan on cutting the drugs – many simply can’t – so this alternative can at least keep them alive.
“It will effectively mean a diplomatic immunity to inject heroin in a safe, secure, passionate environment,” Aodhan O Riordain, the minister tasked with implementing the drug strategy, told Agence France-Presse.
Ireland will join a host of nations that have instituted similar measures, including fellow European nations like the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Australia.