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Drug-related deaths, it's time to get priorities in order - Ó Snodaigh

11 December, 2007

Responding to reports of the death of a young man in Bray Co. Wicklow may be drug related Sinn Féin TD and Community Safety Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh the spate recent drug deaths has today demanded that government to re-allocate money from the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund into the Drugs Initiatives and Young Peoples Facilities Fund.

The Dublin South Central TD said:

"The death of a young man in Bray, a death in which media reports indicate drugs may have played a role, brings the number of such very premature deaths to four in recent days. Two young men are in intensive care in the midlands also. There can be no more excuses and illusions - cocaine is a deadly drug. And the scale of family heartache caused is enormous.

"I am calling on the government to introduce a Supplementary Estimate to ensure that spending on anti-drugs initiatives matches the priority and urgency involved. If the government were to re-allocate tax payers money out of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund then resources for the Drugs Initiatives and Young People's Facilities Fund under Budget 2008 could be more than doubled.

"It's time for Irish society to get its priorities in order." CRÍOCH

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