Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for National Drug Policy and TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has described the Cocaine epidemic in Galway as ‘deeply concerning’.

An addiction specialist has described the drug problem in Galway as the worst he had seen in over 28 years of working in addiction services.

Deputy Curran said: “The crippling epidemic of cocaine use was laid bare during a Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting on Monday night in Galway. Cocaine use is getting so bad that it was described as a ‘blizzard’, during the meeting, which clearly demonstrates the battle the country is experiencing against casual drug use.

“Tackling the country’s crippling drugs problem requires major reform in terms of our approach. Everyday we hear stories of individuals, families and communities around the country that have been devastated by drugs and the violence that it generates.

“The sheer fact that the Galway JPC’s Crime Prevention and Personal Safety subcommittee has recommended Galway County Council and local gardaí should examine the possibility of introducing random drug tests in schools is deeply concerning.  

An education campaign is needed nationally to warn the public on the hazards of casual drug taking and given what we are hearing this week, it’s badly needed. We need society to wake up to the dangers of drugs and the consequences they can have,” concluded Deputy Curran.