The National Family Support Network also urged the State to take “meaningful action” on drug-related intimidation, which it said was a horror haunting families and communities.
The network has over 70 affiliated local groups in Ireland. It is holding its 20th Annual Service of Commemoration and Hope in Dublin tonight.
“Over 700 people died from a drug-related death in 2016, leaving 700 broken-hearted families left to grieve,” said network chief executive Sadie Grace.
The figure, gathered by the National Drug Related Deaths Index, continues a trend of relatively high numbers of deaths over the last four years, with 695 fatalities in 2015, 719 in 2014, and 703 in 2013.
Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 1st February 2019