Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Minister Varadkar fails to understand the prescription drug epidemic in our communities- Cllr Janice Boylan

18 April, 2016 - by Janice Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin councillor Janice Boylan has criticised acting Health Minister Varadkar for his attitude towards the prescription drug epidemic in her community.

Speaking today after the joint policing forum Cllr Boylan said:

“At this morning’s forum the Dublin Central JPC received correspondence back from Minister that highlighted the lack of understanding the Minister has towards the sale of prescription drugs on our streets.

His response stated that: It important to note that the problem of abuse of benzodiazepines will not be solved by regulations alone, and that prescribers need to ensure that these substances are only prescribed as appropriate.

Is the Minister trying to suggest that this epidemic is caused by doctors over prescribing?

The reality is that the majority of these pills are bought in bulk online from other jurisdictions.

It would serve the Minister better to actually liaise with the communities affected and have the proper information to hand. Equally I would advise the Minister to work on getting the legislation passed as quickly as possible and stop procrastinating."

Speaking after the meeting Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald said:

“Acting Minister Varadkar seems to be far removed from the stark reality of the prescription drug epidemic facing the community I am elected to represent.

“Deputy Varadkar should amend the misuse of drugs act and act constructively to deal with this very serious issue. The problem with the sale of prescription drugs is the demand is there and the law isn't in place to take control back from these dealers.”

Connect with Sinn Féin