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Released on 22 January 2018

Since 2015 the LSE’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU) has been working with local partners the Ana Liffey Drug Project to help foster a new era of progressive drug policies in Ireland. This work, supported by the LSE’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund, has helped drive discussions on the introduction of a Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs). These are legally sanctioned premises where people can inject pre-obtained drugs, under medical or nursing supervision. On 16th May 2017 the Irish Government legislated for SIFs and then began the process of establishing the first pilot service, which is due to open in Dublin City Centre in 2018. The LSE’s IDPU team is now working with the Ana Liffey Drug Project to highlight the international evidence base on the decriminalisation of drug consumption as a means to further shift drug policies away from a criminal justice orientation further towards a health orientation.

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