December 29, 2023
As we bid farewell to 2023, Ana Liffey Drug Project reflects on a year marked by significant developments and impactful initiatives. Join us as we journey through some milestones that have shaped our commitment to reducing harm and supporting individuals facing addiction and social exclusion.
In February, Ana Liffey Drug Project embarked on a innovative initiative with the support of €200,000 in funding from the HSE. The Law Engagement & Assisted Recovery (LEAR) project, dedicated to addressing the challenges of crack cocaine use in Limerick City, was established through collaborative efforts with An Garda Síochána and the HSE. This proactive outreach and co-case management approach, operational from April 2023, aims to engage with vulnerable people who use crack cocaine, providing support for harm reduction and facilitating access to drug treatment programs.
A pivotal moment unfolded as the government announced the establishment of a Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use on February 14th. Comprising 99 members of the public and an independent Chair, this assembly was tasked with exploring legislative, policy, and operational changes to mitigate the harmful impacts of illicit drugs on individuals, families, and communities. Ana Liffey enthusiastically welcomed this decision, emphasizing the importance of incorporating the lived experiences of those affected by drug use.
March marked the release of a comprehensive report, “Working To Decriminalize People Who Use Drugs,” exploring progress in Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Poland, and the US State of Maine. This report highlights the importance of a public health approach to drug use, emphasizing the need for clear terminology, collaboration, and practical benefits for all stakeholders.
Ana Liffey published ‘We Are Innovative’ – Ana Liffey’s 40th Anniversary Conference Report.
In 2022, Ana Liffey Drug Project celebrated its 40th Anniversary with the ‘We Are Innovative’ conference in Dublin. The event reflected on four decades of progress, emphasizing the organization’s commitment to innovation and empowerment. A detailed conference report captures the essence of this milestone occasion, showcasing the dedication of Ana Liffey’s team and its partners.
In June, Ana Liffey actively participated in the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use, submitting a video that eloquently presented the perspectives of individuals with living/lived experience. The video highlighted crucial issues, including dual diagnosis, housing challenges, and the need for alternative treatment options. AlsoCEO Tony Duffin addressed the assembly, sharing insights into low-threshold services for those with complex needs.
In September, Ana Liffey proudly unveiled its 2022 Annual Report, underscoring a year of growth and celebration. With an expanded team and enhanced collaborations with key partners, the organization demonstrated its commitment to addressing inclusion health issues and supporting individuals on their journey to recovery.
Ana Liffey Drug Project, alongside partner agencies, unveiled its strategic plan for 2024 to 2029. Shaped by lessons from responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the plan outlines progressive goals, including the direct employment of individuals with living/lived experience, expansion of outreach-based nursing, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The plan aligns with the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly, reinforcing Ana Liffey’s role in informing Ireland’s drug policy.
As we conclude 2023, Ana Liffey Drug Project looks forward to continuing its journey of innovation, collaboration, and empowerment. We extend our gratitude to our dedicated team, partners, and the communities we serve for their unwavering support.