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  • Deaths ‘not due to super-strength heroin’ in Cork

    Posted on January 18th, 2013 TimB No comments

    Fears that super-strength heroin contributed to the deaths of two men in Cork were ruled out yesterday.

    Cork City Coroner’s Court heard that Gary O’Sullivan, aged 30, and Gavin Thompson, aged 26, who died within hours of each other on Oct 4, died from polydrug use, in association with the ingestion of heroin and alcohol.

    Their deaths triggered a major public health alert when medics feared a batch of super-concentrated heroin may have been available on Cork’s streets.

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  • Judge criticises lack of treatment for addicts in Cork jail

    Posted on December 5th, 2010 TimB No comments

    A Prisoner facing a long sentence for dealing heroin who carried heroin, cannabis and 180 anti-depressant tablets into prison inside his body was given an additional year in jail yesterday.

    The judge said it was regrettable Cork Prison did not have a methadone treatment programme for addicts serving sentences.

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  • FF TD warns of threat posed by heroin to Cork’s youth

    Posted on November 22nd, 2010 TimB No comments

    A Fianna Fail TD has said heroin presents “a very dangerous threat” to Cork after new figures show there have been 60 seizures of the drug up to July this year.

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  • Heroin blamed for rise in Cork city crime figures

    Posted on March 9th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Heroin use has been blamed for a rise in street-level and petty crime in Cork, despite an overall reduction in crime figures.Four hefty sentences handed down by the courts to heroin dealers in recent weeks should send out a very strong warning, the division’s top garda said.  Chief Superintendent Michael Finn welcomed the 14-year sentence, two 10-year sentences, and a seven-year sentence, while addressing the Cork City Joint Policing Committee.

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  • HSE South to ‘eliminate’ addiction waiting lists

    Posted on October 20th, 2009 TimB No comments

    A major investment in addictions services involving additional methadone clinics in Cork City, Tralee, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny was announced this week by Pat Healy, the Regional Director of Operations, HSE South.

    The new clinics will ‘eliminate waiting lists and ensure that the National Drug Strategy targets of waiting times of less than one month will be met,’ the Executive said.
    A total of 165 people will receive methadone maintenance in these clinics.

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  • Minister for Drugs welcomes new Drug Treatment Services in Ireland to be developed across the South of the country

    Posted on October 13th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Minister for Drugs, John Curran, T.D., warmly welcomed the today’s HSE announcement of the planned provision of substantially increased Drug Treatment Services at locations across the South of the country from Wexford to Kerry.  The Minister, who attended the announcement in Cork today, confirmed that the initiatives are being part-funded by the Office of the Minister for Drugs.

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  • €3m drug rehab drive for Munster

    Posted on October 13th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Extra methadone clinics will be set up across Munster as part of a €3 million package announced yesterday to help heroin addicts.

    New detox beds and thousands of counselling hours will also be provided in response to the rise of opiate abuse in the region.

    The initiative was announced by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Cork following a meeting at City Hall between Drugs Strategy Minister John Curran, the city’s Lord Mayor Dara Murphy, and other key figures in the city’s war on drugs.

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  • Young persons addiction service highlights extent of heroin abuse

    Posted on October 6th, 2009 TimB No comments

    ALMOST three out of five young people attending one of the south’s largest addiction services are using heroin, compared to almost none three years ago.

    The Matt Talbot Adolescent Services (MTAS) said urgent action is needed to tackle the “very frightening” upsurge in heroin use among teenagers.

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  • HSE South seeks resources to develop addiction services

    Posted on August 12th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The HSE has failed to develop community and outpatient addiction services in the south, owing to a budget shortfall, although the area has the most heroin addicts on chronic treatment waiting lists, as well those waiting for the longest period in the country.

    “The HSE South’s development priority is the improved provision of services at community and outpatient level.  This would allow for greater access, early intervention and improved outcomes,” a HSE official told the recent HSE South Regional Health Forum.

    “The 2009 Service Plan provided €4.2 million nationally, of which at least 25 per cent was earmarked to develop tier two and tier three services in the South. However, in the context of the revised Service Plan and reduction in monies available to the HSE, it has not been possible to progress these developments and every effort is being made to secure the required resources.”

    Currently, there are 545 people waiting to get on the methadone programme countrywide, including 106 in Cork and Kerry, where addicts are waiting 10 months on average for treatment, and 78 in the south-east. The longest waiting list is in the south-east at 18 months.  So far this year 970 people presented for addiction (drugs and alcohol) treatment in the south, 550 of them in Cork and Kerry.

    In 2008, 1,205 presented in Cork and Kerry compared to 1,473 in the south-east.

    In relation to methadone treatment and waiting times, the HSE official said an additional three HSE-led clinics funded by Government minor capital grants will open before year end – one in Wexford and two in Cork city.

    (Irish Medical News)

  • Cork heroin epidemic not receiving urgent Govt attention

    Posted on July 15th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Deirdre Clunne who is Fine Gael TD has left this comment on her website:

    The Government has shown complete lack of will to tackle Cork’s growing heroin epidemic, Cork Fine Gael TD Deirdre Clune said after raising the drugs crisis in the Dail this week.

    Deputy Clune said the Government is fooling itself if it believes progress is being made in addressing Cork’s heroin problem. Speaking after the Dáil debate, Deputy Clune said: ‘Everyone working on the front line in Cork knows that heroin use is growing. There is now widespread fear that the city will see the rise in violence associated with the drug’.

    The heroin epidemic is already firmly entrenched in the city:

    The number of detections of heroin has shot up from four in 2004 to 159 last year, a 40-fold increase;

    There were six heroin related deaths in 2007, eight in 2008 and tragically there have been four such deaths in the past five weeks alone.

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