The story of a doctor, a nurse and a pharmacist has a happy ending.
A woman named Molly has battled with the symptoms of a debilitating disease for the past two years.
She’s lost her sight, and has developed an infection that’s making it hard to feed herself and her family.
But despite the challenges, Molly is determined to do what she can to keep her vision, her husband and her children alive.
“She’s not a perfect person.
I’m not a doctor.
I haven’t been a doctor,” says Molly.
“But she knows what she wants, and she has the right to choose what she does.”
Molly has never taken an overdose.
She does not want to.
But she is one of hundreds of thousands of Irish people facing a heroin epidemic that has reached crisis proportions, with more than 3,000 people dying of the drug this year.
Dr Mervyn Coyle, a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Dublin, says that, at the moment, there is little evidence that the opioid crisis is being caused by the drug itself.
But he believes that Ireland has a long-term problem with prescription painkillers, and is heading into a “post-op” period, where the availability of painkillers will increase.
“If we don’t get the supply of opiates, we are going to see a lot more people dying,” Dr Coyle says.
“And we will see people dying.
We’re not going to make a quick recovery.”
He believes that the “post op” period will last from 2023 to 2029, but that it is likely to be longer than that.
And that, he says, could leave Irish society with a “long, difficult and uncertain period”.
And it’s an issue that the Taoiseach is taking seriously.
“There’s a lot of research being done on what it’s going to take for the population to get out of this, and to have a chance of stabilising,” he said last month.
“There is a lot at stake here, a lot in the future of Ireland.”
And the Taoisays that he believes the best way to deal with the situation is to get on with it.
“I have got a duty to get people off the streets.
We’ve got a long way to go,” he says.