‘Concern at rise in drug-related deaths’ — Flynn
Speaking after new figures show that the overall drug-death figure is 60% higher than in 2017 Sinn Féin spokesperson on mental health and suicide prevention Órlaithí Flynn MLA said the increase in drug related deaths is deeply concerning.
Órlaithí Flynn said:
"Drug misuse and addiction is having a devastating impact on communities across the north of Ireland.
"It is particularly devastating in working class areas with people living in the most deprived areas four times more likely to die from a drug-related death than those in the least deprived areas.
"The prevalence of deaths relating to the misuse of prescription drugs such as Diazepam and Pregabalin is also very concerning.
"Communities are making efforts to respond to threat posed by drug addiction and misuse.
"The West Belfast Drugs Panel brought together health and justice authorities in partnership with the community and voluntary sector to identify the impact of drugs in West Belfast and to begin to coordinate a response to the challenges it posed.
"Such initiatives need further support from statutory authorities if they are to be successful.”