Calls for action over cocaine abuse

Calls for action over cocaine abuse A Fine Gael TD and one of the county’s best-known GPs have both spoken out this week on the issue of cocaine abuse in Co. Roscommon.    Deputy Frank Feighan said that cocaine is now a drug of choice in every town and village in the country, including throughout Roscommon. Meanwhile Dr. Greg Kelly, who says drug abuse is a growing problem in the county, said he believes that the majority of deaths on the roads and suicide cases are now down to the abuse of drugs and drink.   Deputy Feighan and Dr. Kelly both spoke to the People in the wake of this week’s high-profile recovery of an estimated €200m worth of cocaine in West Cork.    Deputy Feighan, noting that the drugs in question were earmarked for the towns and villages of Ireland, has called on the new Government to provide more resources for the war against drugs. He says that the latest find is a signal to the new Government to take the issue more seriously.   Welcoming this week’s thwarting of the smuggling bid, Deputy Feighan added: ‘Despite the denials of certain people cocaine is now a drug of choice in every town and village in this country and that is the sad reality’.    Meanwhile Castlerea-based GP Dr. Greg Kelly told The Roscommon People that while he has not come across cocaine abuse in his everyday practice he is certain that drug use is a growing problem in Co. Roscommon.    Dr. Kelly said that the movement of people into rural areas out of the larger cities like Dublin added to the large amount of people coming to live in rural areas from outside the country is having a big effect on the drugs situation.   He added: ‘I have no doubt that drug use is a growing problem and I would say that the majority of deaths on the roads and suicides are now down to the abuse of drugs and drink. We have to tackle the problem because it’s a reality’ he said.    Full story on page 13.