And when it does happen, will it be matched with investment in detox beds? And should it now cater, also, to the growing number of crack cocaine users?
The HSE has cut the group’s funding and is also looking to use the rooms in the building they’ve been operating from.
An HSE spokerson said it is committed to funding the drugs task forces and is not moving away from funding prevention work.
The death of community activist John “Whacker” Humphrey a few weeks ago, reminded the country of the anti-drugs campaign in which he played such a central role.
Is there a better way to organise the city’s system of homeless hostels so people who want to can stay clear of drugs and alcohol?
A 2012 review of drugs and alcohol task forces said they needed better oversight and governance structures. But, six years later, concerns about task forces are still popping up.
Addiction is an illness, not a moral decision, and people suffering through it deserve dignity and proper healthcare, writes Anne Buckley.
Businesses say they want more, tougher policing to deal with what they say has been a rise in crime. But others say a more health-focused response is what’s needed.
Councillors say they don’t want to take up seats on a drugs task force in the inner city until the co-ordinator comes to talk to them. The co-ordinator says he’s only been asked once.
“Meanwhile, people are dying on the streets,” says Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. “It’s not a dramatic statement, it’s a statement of fact.”