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Politicians need to catch up on approach to drug policy – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

13 June, 2018 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD called for a proper public discussion to be had in relation to Ireland's approach to drug policy.

Speaking this afternoon Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;

“It’s time we as legislators began to have a proper discussion both publicly and politically about Ireland's approach to drugs, and how that it is reflected in this states policy.

“It is clear to me that the approach of criminalising drug use has not worked, and that the issue of addiction is not a criminal one.

“It is time we move towards policies that begin to treat drug use and addiction as a health issue, and move to address the root causes of substance abuse and misuse.

“Just this morning former Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan commented about how criminalising people caught with small amounts of illicit drugs was counterproductive, and is depriving young people in particular of opportunities going forward.

“Ireland’s drug-induced mortality rate, or overdose rate, is 71 per 1m people, placing us fourth highest out of 28 EU countries.

“We can bury our head in the sand forevermore and pretend the war on drugs has worked, but statistics show that not to be the case, and it’s time we had a proper conversation about how we frame our policy going forward.”

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