Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for National Drug Policy and TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has said that €3 million euro will be set aside by Fianna Fáil for a major national education campaign.

Deputy Curran was speaking was speaking following the launch of the Fianna Fáil manifesto in Dublin.

“Tackling the country’s crippling drug problem requires major reform and everyday we hear stories of individuals, families and communities that have been left devastated by drugs and the violence which is associated with it. The response from the government has been inadequate and underwhelming.

“We plan to introduce legislation that will severely punish those who purchase drugs from children and those who purchase drugs from children and those who use minors as cogs in their distribution network. An education campaign will be rolled out nationally to warn the public on the hazards of casual drug taking. We also plan to increase funding to drugs taskforces over the next two years and then review the situation further.” 

“We will also review the methadone treatment protocol as currently more than 10,000 people are currently on a methadone treatment programme,” concluded Deputy Curran.