Sinn Féin President and Louth and East Meath TD Gerry Adams has called on the Minister for Health to appoint an additional level two methadone prescribing GP to Drogheda and to resource the appointment of an additional family support worker for the Louth Community Drug and Alcohol Team.
The Sinn Fein leader secured an adjournment debate on this issue and used the opportunity to highlight the very positive role played by the Louth Community Drug and Alcohol Team.
Mr. Adams identified the length of time heroin addicts have to wait to be put on methadone as one the greatest difficulties and he called for the urgent appointment of a second level 2 methadone prescribing GP.
He said: “Currently there is only one GP and consequently the waiting list for methadone treatment in Louth stands at eighteen months. In Dublin the waiting time for treatment is within 10 days.”
Mr. Adams added:
“The Community Drug and Alcohol Team also need a dedicated project worker who can provide the essential family support that is part of dealing with drug misuse in the community.”