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Ó Snodaigh launches local drugs awareness pamphlet in Crumlin

25 August, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson and Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh this evening launched a drugs awareness pamphlet for the Dublin 12 area. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the pamphlet is designed to highlight the dangers of drugs, to make parents aware of the tell tale signs of drug abuse and to provide a list of contacts for local support services and treatment centres.

Speaking at the launch of the document in St. Kevin’s College in Crumlin this evening Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Drug and alcohol abuse are serious problems throughout Ireland. In many areas, especially economically deprived areas, drugs have taken a stranglehold, resulting in broken families, wasted lives, increased crime levels and disempowered communities.

“At a time when we face a severe economic crisis there is a danger that the drug and alcohol problems could grow worse. We are also seeing the emergence of new and ever more addictive drugs in the Irish drug scene. This is an extremely worrying development as the likes of crack cocaine and crystal meth become available on our streets. For this very reason the Minister must embark on an extensive awareness campaign to warn people of the dangers of these drugs to both the users and the communities in which they are used.

“It is also likely the Government will slash front line services dealing with these issues. This would be unacceptable.

“There needs to be a robust and effective crackdown on the criminal gangs who control the drugs trade with more resources for prevention, education, treatment and rehabilitation.

“The major drug traffickers must be pursued relentlessly and their ill gotten funds seized from them by the Criminal Assets Bureau and redirected back into the communities where they have been most active.

“Drug dealing and drug addiction are nationwide problems which need an all-Ireland response. The Minister is due to launch the new National Drugs Strategy in a couple of week’s time. Sinn Féin has made a detailed submission to that strategy and we hope to see some of our solid proposals taken on board.” ENDS

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