Statement from Colette Kelleher, CEO Tabor Group

Citizen’s Assembly Recommendations on Drug Use Aligned with Tabor Group’s Vision for a Compassionate Approach.

In response to the recently published recommendations by the Citizen’s Assembly on Drug Use, Colette Kelleher CEO, Tabor Group expressed her satisfaction and endorsement for the thoughtful insights and suggestions presented. The recommendations align with the vision outlined by Tabor Group, emphasising a health led, compassionate and effective approach to addressing drug-related challenges in Ireland:

One key aspect that we find particularly encouraging is the emphasis on removing the stigma associated with drug use. The assembly rightly highlights the importance of fostering greater public understanding about the circumstances leading to an individual’s drug use. By promoting a caring attitude and avoiding exclusion, we believe that the assembly’s recommendations will contribute significantly to ending the isolation often experienced by those in addiction.

Furthermore, we applaud the assembly’s call for a health-led approach, advocating for wiping criminal records after a time period. This move not only supports individuals on their path to recovery but also offers them a second chance to reintegrate into society, whether through work or travel. The assembly’s recognition of the need for treatment options rather than a strictly criminal justice path is in line with Tabor Group’s perspective on providing the necessary support for those struggling with addiction.

The commitment to making treatment resources more accessible and tailoring residential stays based on individual needs is a welcome step. The acknowledgment that addiction is not solely an Irish problem and the consideration of innovative solutions, such as safe injection centres, reflect a forward-thinking and globally informed approach.

We are particularly pleased to note the assembly’s emphasis on statutory funding for drug use treatment, including trauma-informed residential treatment centers and support programmes for families. This holistic approach aligns with Tabor Group’s belief in the importance of addressing the broader aspects of addiction and recognising the role of families in the recovery process.

Lastly, the inclusion of housing as part of the response to drug use is commendable. Recognising housing issues associated with drug use and advocating for solutions, such as the Housing First model, showcases a comprehensive understanding of the interconnected challenges individuals face in their journey towards recovery.

In conclusion, we are optimistic about the positive impact these recommendations can have on the landscape of drug use in Ireland. The allocation of additional resources for treatment centers is a crucial step towards creating a more supportive and understanding environment for those in need. We look forward to witnessing the positive changes that will undoubtedly result from the implementation of these recommendations.