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Government must re-focus energies in fight against drugs – Ó Snodaigh

14 October, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Speaking after attending the launch of a Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign today Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the Government must re-focus its energies in the fight against drugs. He said it is economically wise to invest in drug rehabilitation programmes as it reduces the justice spend.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “The extension of the National Drugs Strategy to include alcohol is a welcome development. However I would question the Government’s commitment to this strategy given its proposal to cut €2.6million of its funding. There is no point extending the scope of the strategy while at the same time cutting it’s funding, particularly at a time when Drugs Task Forces are already stretched to capacity.

“At a time when new and ever more addictive drugs are entering the Irish market the Government must re-focus its energies in the fight against drugs using every available resource.

“It is also economically wise to invest in drug rehabilitation as every euro spent in this area significantly reduces spending requirements in the justice area.” ENDS

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