'Serious concerns' over the rise of crack cocaine use - Dessie Ellis TD
Deputy Dessie Ellis this morning has expressed concern over the increasing use of crack cocaine by drug users.
Deputy Ellis continued;
“Serious concerns have been raised with me from groups and organisations concerned with the drugs problem in Dublin with regard to the rise in particular of the use of crack cocaine, which is more addictive than cocaine.
"Garda figures for Ballymun and Finglas for example have shown an increase in seizures of crack cocaine.
"The message needs to get out to the public and any one that has a substance misuse problem, that crack cocaine is having a particularly devastating effect both on the health of the user and on the community at large.
"Clearly all illegal drugs will have health consequences for drug users and on the social fabric of a local community, but what I am hearing from Drugs and alcohol task forces and others is that the consequences are magnified when it comes to crack cocaine use.
"I want to commend the Gardai for their work in tackling drug crime in our areas.
"But more resources are required particularly in the face of this new threat and more resources are needed to educate our young people of the horrendous cost drug use has on them, their families and their communities.”