June 21, 2012
Strategic Response Group publishes multi-agency report on street-level drug services and substance misuse related anti-social behaviour in Dublin city centre.
Group calls for government support to implement the recommendations.
The Strategic Response Group (SRG), set up as a partnership approach to address public substance misuse and perceived anti-social behaviour in Dublin city centre, today(21/06/2012) published the most comprehensive and innovative multi-agency report and set of recommendations to date, on the topic.
The report acknowledges that for historical reasons there is a clustering of drug treatment and homelessness services in or adjacent to the inner city. While these services play a major role in the provision of effective treatment to problematic drug users, the report recommends that there should be greater access to prompt provision of treatment options nationally and that people should be treated and accommodated in the most appropriate setting for their circumstances and provided with support services as close to their home as possible.
The agencies represented on the group include Ana LiffeyDrug Project; An Garda Síochána; the City Clinic (HSE); Drug Treatment Centre Board; Dublin City Business Improvement District; Dublin City Council; Dublin Simon Community; Merchants Quay Ireland; the North Inner City Drugs Task Force; the South Inner City Drugs Task Force; Union for Improved Services, Communication and Education(UISCE).
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, formally launched the report today.
The report takes a holistic approach to address the issues of the city centre. The group have set out their recommendations in the short, medium and long term and under the headings of treatment, rehabilitation, homelessness, policing responses, planning and urban design, legislation and regulation and implementation.
Key recommendations of the report include:
The issue of substance-related anti-social behaviour is primarily a public health issue and any sustainable long-term solution can only be delivered in that context. As a consequence, the recommendations contained within this report are aimed at investigating ways to deliver people’s treatment or accommodation needs in a way that can assure greater public support.