Medically Supervised Injecting Facility (MSIF)
Following a protracted process An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission to MQI for the reconfiguration of our Riverbank Centre to provide for a medically supervised injecting facility (MSIF) in 2023. This service is now forecast to open in Q3 2024
MQI CEO Eddie Mullins says
Delivery of an MSIF pilot is a key objective of the National Drug Strategy: Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, and is part of the Programme for Government. It is a vital healthcare service which will allow us to reach people who are vulnerable, marginalised, and often very sick, by offering them access to medical & nursing services as well as treatment options. With one death every day in Ireland from a drug overdose, this facility will save lives.
There is substantial evidence worldwide that MSIFs reduce public injecting, reduce discarded drug litter, and, most importantly, save lives.
We appreciate there are concerns, particularly among the local community, but we ask that they work with us on this. The MSIF will help save lives and get people into treatment, and it will also help to make the community a safer place for everyone.