Drug addiction services are struggling to cope with the rising demand and are at risk of closure due to a lack of funding, service operators have said.
Speaking at a gathering organised by Citywide, a drug crisis campaign which called on more urgent Government action to tackle substance misuse, workers from drug services all over the country said the prevalence of illegal substances has now reached unprecedented levels.
Susan Collins, managing director of Addiction Response Crumlin, said that the availability and accessibility of substances has changed with the advent of technology.
“The increase in crack cocaine is visible in most pubs and the dealing that is going on, you’re able to see it. There are young people who are being groomed to sell drugs,” she said. “Although it was quick to get drugs a few years ago, nowadays it’s on your doorstep before you even get down to the shops.”
Source: Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 30th October 2019