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[thejournal.ie] ‘Worse now than the heroin epidemic of the 80s’ – Christy Burke on drugs in Dublin. (29 Jan 2015)

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Dublin's Lord Mayor Christy Burke has said that the drugs problem in Dublin is worse now than it was during the heroin epidemic thirty years ago.

During the 1980s, Burke was a prominent member of the Concerned Parents Against Drugs movement.

It was heroin in my day, today it’s prescribed pills, cocaine, benzos, hash, dalmane, librium, valium: it’s a whole cocktail.

Burke said authorities are not adequately dealing with the issue, and has called for more residential beds and treatment centres for addicts.

He said that 300 people died from heroin in his constituency at the height of the epidemic, adding that the current anti-drugs model in the capital only “scratches the surface”.

Burke said addicts leave centres in the afternoon with nowhere to go and are offered drugs that evening.

“It’s very hard to say ‘no’ when you’re vulnerable to addiction.”

He told TheJournal.ie it was extremely hypocritical that some people want the methadone centres to help addicts, but not in their own area.

Item Type:News
Date:29 January 2015
Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Heroin
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Homelessness
T Demographic characteristics > Substance user
T Demographic characteristics > Homeless person
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin

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