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Ó Snodaigh highlights drugs crisis in the Dáil

17 October, 2006


Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called on the Government to properly resource the national and local drugs units and community policing to enable the Gardaí to more effectively tackle illegal drugs supply in partnership with communities. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said more needs to be done to tackle the myth that certain drugs are 'recreational' and therefore 'safe'.

He said, "The most recent drugs seizures by the Garda Síochána, including approximately 10Kgs of heroin and 4Kgs of cocaine seized in Clondalkin and Swords last weekend, are to be welcomed. However, we are reminded of the real and potentially fatal danger of all drug abuse by the deaths of two men in Dublin last weekend reportedly as a result of an excessive consumption of cocaine and by the inquest yesterday into the death of a man in Mayo last year who was found to have 8 times the fatal level of ecstasy in his body.

"Officials for the Central Statistics Office have collated previously unpublished statistics which found the number of deaths by drug overdose increased thirty fold between 1980 and 2003. And for the first time in 2003 the total number of such deaths outside Dublin exceeded those within Dublin highlighting again the need for the government to revise the Dublin-centric limitations of its approach.

"All this points to the need for the government to do more to tackle the myth that certain drugs are 'recreational' and therefore 'safe'. The national and local drugs units must be properly resourced and community policing prioritised to enable the Gardaí to more effectively tackle illegal drugs supply in partnership with communities." ENDS

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