There are those in addiction who want to stop now, not in a few weeks or months time – they could be further in addiction at that stage or, as has happened, dead.
There is a serious shortage of beds in de-tox facilities for those who wish to start their recovery.
Our drug problem is now about a lot more than heroin; now is a complex mix of legal prescription drugs like Zimovane, Valium, Dalmane; legal highs; illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, ecstasy/MDMA; high strength cannabis and add alcohol in to that mix.
Drugs Initiative Budget in the Department of Health was 44.3 million in 2008; in 2014 it is 27.9 million – a cut of 37%.
I am pleased the issue has received significant media coverage on RTE News, on the Oireachtas Report and in the Irish Times and a great response on Facebook and Twitter.