Fresh strategy for Cork heroin crisis

THE taskforce tackling the drug problem in Cork is drafting a new strategy to deal with the city’s growing heroin crisis.

It is the first time the Cork Local Drugs Task Force (CLDTF), which was established in 1997, has had to consider a completely separate strategy to deal specifically with heroin. It is due to meet within days to discuss the plan.

The move comes as a leading consultant warned he would not be surprised if 20 people die from drug overdoses this year in Cork.

Dr Chris Luke, consultant in emergency medicine at Cork University Hospital and Mercy University Hospital, said the amount of heroin and other opiates being consumed in Cork city and county at present is “breathtaking”.

“The people of Ireland should be very afraid, mainly because salvation will require fearful sobriety. None of the imminent financial and social pain will match the rising tide of grotesque death, disease and civic disorder which will accompany the current nationwide epidemic of drug-taking. The Cork Local Drugs Task Force (CLDTF) has already started tackling the problem, said taskforce coordinator David Lane. With the support of a local GP, it has launched a pilot community detox programme in one specific city area, which Mr Lane does not want to identify.

It was set up after community leaders approached the GP seeking medical support to tackle the heroin problem in their area.


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