15 April 2010

No room for complacency in tackling drug problems

Funding for Clondalkin Drugs Task Froce cut by 16.5% and Government abolishes specific Minister of State for Drugs

Clondalkin Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald has criticised what she describes as "Government complacency" on tackling issues surrounding drugs in her constituency and throughout Dublin.

Senator Fitzgerald made her comments after attending a meeting of the Clondalkin Drugs Task Force which revealed that the organisation's funding had been cut by 16.5% and some local support services have now been lost.

"The Clondalkin Drugs Task Force does excellent work in the community. I am extremely concerned about the complacency Government is showing in tackling issues regarding drugs. If you couple the reduction in funding for Task Forces along with the abolition of the position of a specific Minister with responsibility for drugs strategy, a worrying message is sent out about the commitment of the Government to this issue," stated Senator Fitzgerald.

"There is absolutely no room for complacency in the fight against drugs. In fact, research has shown that at times of economic difficulty and heightened social problems people often turn to drug activity - now more than ever Government needs to reaffirm its commitment to the work of organisations such as the Clondalkin Drugs Task Force," concluded Senator Fitzgerald.