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Funding for addiction services must not be cut – Ó Snodaigh

7 July, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh, speaking today in response to figures which show a record amount of heroin addicts seeking treatment, said a cut of 1% of funding for addiction services in the Dublin/Mid Leinster HSE area must be reversed.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Figures published today show that the number of heroin addicts seeking treatment is set to move beyond the 10,000 mark for the first time ever this year. Despite this the HSE in the Dublin/Mid Leinster area has enforced a 1% cut in funding for addiction services. This cut must be reversed in light of today's statistics.

"These figures show that funding for drug treatment centres needs to be increased rather than decreased. Drug addicts wishing to come off drugs must be facilitated in every possible way to do so - not just for their own benefit but for the benefit of everybody in the communities where they come from.

"It is clear from these figures that while the cocaine epidemic has been the main focus of the media the heroin crisis has been allowed to continue unabated. While I welcome the recent significant seizures by Gardaí it is clear that they are fighting a losing battle unless resources for Garda Drug Squads are increased. This could be done by expediting the process of civilianising administrative Garda duties and taking fully qualified Gardaí out from behind their desks and into the fight against drugs." ENDS

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