‘We need an evidence-based drug policy that comes from a position of harm reduction’ – Neasa Hourigan TD launches Citizens’ Assembly framework proposal
Neasa Hourigan TD has today published the Citizens’ Assembly on Evidence Informed Drugs Policy from a Harm Reduction Perspective, which proposes a framework for how the upcoming assembly might approach its work.
The paper calls for people’s lived experience to be made central to the Citizens’ Assembly. Harm reduction and recovery strategies are most effectively developed in collaboration with those experiencing the impacts of drug use and misuse. By centring the voice of individuals, families and communities experiencing the impacts of drug use, the Citizens’ Assembly can seek to tackle structural problems that increase risk of drug problems.
Neasa Hourigan, Green Party Spokesperson for health and TD for Dublin Central said;
“We need to do more for those impacted by drug use in this country. First and foremost, for those caught in addiction and their families, but also on many other facets of society including homelessness, strain on our health and justice services, organised crime, and anti-social behaviour.
“We need an evidence-based drug policy that comes from a position of harm reduction.
“The Citizens’ Assembly is a useful vehicle for dealing with contentious issues. The Citizens’ Assembly on drug use needs to be able to consider a broad range of responses to our country’s problem with drugs. It needs to be informed by people with a lived experience of drugs and international best practice”
For more details on the paper, you watch back the pre-launch information session, where Neasa was joined by speakers with a lived experience of drugs to hear their first-hand experience.