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HSE drug report highlights urgent need for Government to meet demands of Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign – Ó Snodaigh

4 April, 2007


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called for the establishment of a Minister of State with sole responsibility for dealing with the drugs crisis. Speaking in the Dáil today, in response to a report published by the HSE that showed children as young as eight years old are experiencing drugs misuse, Deputy Morgan said the Government must respond to the demands of the Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "In light of findings from the HSE published today that children as young as eight years old are experiencing drugs misuse and one in ten between the ages of 15 and 18 admit to using cocaine, ecstasy and speed, there is an urgent need for the government to meet the demands of the Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign.

"We urgently need to see the creation of a Minister of State with sole responsibility for dealing with the drugs crisis. There must also be an immediate reversing of the funding shortfall from Budget 2007 for local drugs services and the implementation of the actions in the National Drugs Strategy on community policing.

"It is essential that the Government works in full partnership with communities to address the drugs crisis which is affecting ever more and younger children." ENDS

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