Reports that Ireland ranks in fourth place for the highest use of cocaine per capita must serve as a wake-up call to everybody and it highlights the need for extra resources to fight back against the drug barons, a Kerry councillor has said.
Cllr Michael Cahill said he was shocked to learn that Ireland is just behind Australia, the Netherlands and Spain in the incidence of cocaine use per capita.
“We all know that drugs such as cocaine are very prevalent in modern Irish society but it surely must be a big wake-up call to us all that there is such a major market for these illegal substances in our country,” he said.
Cllr Cahill said the health of the people is at extreme risk due to the most harmful drugs being widely available not to mind the criminality and violence that it encourages.
“Illegal, mind-altering substances can have a lifelong debilitating impact in those that use them, coupled with crippling financial debt, threats of violence for non-payment of drug debts and coercion into dealing.
“This is all part of the horrifying scenario surrounding illegal drugs and lives become dispensable,” he remarked.
Cllr Cahill said everybody must redouble their efforts to educate people on the harm these substances can do to their lives and stamp out the gangs and the criminality associated with the illegal drugs trade.
“Further resources must be provided to An Garda Siochána and the Courts Service, to ensure our people are protected from this snowballing drugs crisis that exists all around us,” he stated.
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