British ban prompts fears of a mephedrone flood here – Ó Snodaigh
Responding to the ban on the sale of mephedrone which takes effect in Britain and the north of Ireland today Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the Gardaí and Customs to be on the lookout for shipments of the drugs being brought to Ireland for sale in shops here. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said it is important to note where the drug is destined for in order to confiscate it when Ireland’s ban comes into place in the summer.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh also called on the Gardaí to increase surveillance of head shops and to enforce the existing law under the Childcare Act 1991 which already bans the sale of inhalable products, including mephedrone, as it can be reasonably assumed that these products are being purchased for the purposes of intoxication.
Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“There is a big concern that the ban on the sale of mephedrone by Britain will lead to the sale of large quantities of the drug at depressed prices in this state where it remains a legal product.
“Gardaí and Customs need to be aware of this possibility and keep on the lookout for shipments coming into the country. It is very important that the authorities are aware of the location of the major stocks of this drug so that they can be immediately confiscated when Ireland’s ban comes into place in the summer.
“It is also very important that the Gardaí increase surveillance on Irish head shops and enforce existing laws which ban the sale of inhalable products, including mephedrone, to under eighteens as it can be reasonably assumed that these products are being purchased for the purpose of intoxication. This law was introduced in the nineties to deal with the problem of solvent abuse or glue sniffing by young people but I believe it can be applied to prohibit the sale of many products currently on sale in head shops around the country to under eighteens.
"Earlier this week I drew the Garda Commissioners attention to the powers contained in this Act and urged him to direct members to enforce it.” ENDS