Ireland has a significant and growing drugs issue. In addition, there is an acute housing crisis. Both of these challenges are at their most severe in Dublin. Unfortunately, the issues of drugs and homelessness have become enmeshed with the result that more vulnerable people are visible on our streets. One of the consequences of this interplay between drugs and homelessness is that public injecting and drug litter have become an increasingly common occurrence. Alongside this, Ireland continues to have one of the highest rates of drug-related deaths in Europe. The MSIF aims to reduce drug-related deaths, reduce the risk of disease transmission, and connect the most vulnerable and marginalised people with treatment and healthcare services. In addition, research from MSIFs internationally shows a decrease in public injecting and drug-related litter.

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