When Irish Eyes Are Crying –
Sept. 10, 2019 – He said the drug was easy to get in his neighbourhood and he could get it as easily as buying a packet of cigarettes. His drug use led to heartache for his family, severe mental health difficulties for himself, and two suicide attempts. He took it by choice, but would warn young teenagers to make different choices because of the way drugs make the lives of addicts and their families completely unmanageable. Minister for State at the Department of Health Catherine Byrne acknowledged the growing concerns over cocaine addiction, which is challenging and dangerous, particularly among young people. She said there are 675 treatment/rehab beds available across the country. There are no plans to increase funding at present to the Cuan Mhuire centre but she said €242 million was put into these services last year, and she will continue to seek further funding in the budget.