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Crowe - Urgent need to re-prioritise fight against drugs

11 September, 2003

Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe and Councillor Larry O'Toole are this afternoon attending a meeting organised by the Dublin CityWide drugs crisis campaign to discuss the growing drugs crisis in local communities across Dublin. Deputy Crowe said that while a lot of good work has been done over the last number of years there is an urgent need for the government and local communities to prioritise what is again a growing problem in our communities.

Tallaght based Deputy Crowe said:

"There are huge concerns in communities across Dublin at the increase in the amount of drugs, particularly cocaine, available on our streets. To make matters worse this has co-incided with cutbacks in services and a decision within the health boards to re-orientate away from community involvement in programmes to a purely medical approach, something which we believe is having a very negative impact. If the last twenty years have shown us anything it is that it is essential to have community support and involvement in local drug initiatives.

"There is an urgent need for the government and local communities to re-prioritise this issue and to bring some urgency towards how we are addressing it. I hope that today's meeting will re-start that work."ENDS

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