The first supervised injection centre for drug addicts in Dublin is a step closer to opening. The plan has been approved by Senators, and is now law.
Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has spent two years working on the plan with a number of groups, including the Ana Liffey Drug Project.
The former Drugs Minister told 98FM News that "injecting heroin is never going to be absolutely safe, it is a very dangerous thing to do, but at least now you won't die on the streets of Dublin from doing it".
Government Ministers approved the publication of the Misuse of Drugs Bill earlier this year, promising that the centre will "provide safe harbour and medical help for chronic drug users".
The Bill does not establish a location for a supervised injecting facility, but a trial centre is planned for Dublin.
The Health Minister Simon Harris said the centres will be a "health-led, evidence-based approach to drug use" that will "have a positive impact".
Tony Duffin from the Ana Liffey Drug Project previously said that the centre should be opened in "an area where there is public injecting going on like the city centre".
"The idea is not to make things worse, but to make things better", he explained.