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Drug injection rooms will reduce crime

Vogue WilliamsBy Vogue Williams
Vogue Williams
Vogue Williams

A London mugging convinced me that drug injection rooms in Ireland are an excellent option for reducing street crime.

I was walking my dog Winston in the Angel area of London when two men on a moped came up on the path behind me, pushed my head and grabbed my phone. 

It happened so quickly that I didn’t even see what the idiots looked like. 

I was really upset for a couple of hours because I got such a fright, but managed to cancel my phone and block it. Hopefully they won’t be able to use it, so it will be another pointless robbery. 

I went to the police in London and they told me it happens up to 40 times a day, which is terrifying.  

I must confess that I’ve been mugged before when I was about 18 and again it was for my phone. Both times I’ve been on my phone and you’d think I would have learned my lesson the first time.

I suppose you don’t even think about that when you’re chatting away, but I’m definitely using my headphones from now on. 

I’m not sure about my case, but a lot of street crime like this is drug related, which is why I was happy to hear Ireland is to introduce injection rooms for heroin addicts.

I think it’s a really great move. I’ve been doing a lot of research on it because I will be touching on the topic in my new show.  

Switzerland first introduced these rooms in the late 1980s and they have worked incredibly well. 

I do agree that there are good arguments for and against these injection rooms, but I think that the argument for them is so much stronger. 

There are anti-social problems where addicts gather on backstreets and corners to inject themselves, which wouldn’t be a problem with the safe rooms.

Drugs Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin also voiced support for decriminalising addicts caught with small amounts of heroin, which is a good move.  

If addicts were prescribed their heroin, it would eliminate the need for a lot of the crimes they commit.

People don’t choose to be an addict and I think injection rooms will ensure that addicts can lead a much safer life.  

The introduction will cause a huge cultural shift in the approach to drug addiction.

It’s a tried-and-tested technique and it’s a good move for Ireland.