Saturday, January 7, 2012

Funding for “Dial to Stop Drug Dealing” Terminated

Funding for “Dial to Stop Drug Dealing” Terminated

Jonathan O’Brien TD has expressed his deep disappointment at news that the funding for the “Dial to Stop Drug Dealing” initiative has been discontinued with almost immediate effect. The service will terminate this Friday.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“The Dial to Stop Drug Dealing” free phone number was a successful initiative which Sinn Féin had long campaigned for. I very much regret the announcement that funding for the scheme is to be terminated and the phone line will no longer be in operation from this Friday.”

“This service provided a means by which the public could report drug dealing in their communities confidentially and anonymously. The Gardaí have reported substantial success in seizing drugs as a result of information received on the “dial to stop drug dealing” line. I want to thank all those who used the facility in the fight against drug dealers who have destroyed many lives, families and communities across Cork.”

“The sad reality of drug dealing is reflected in the number of drug deaths which we have seen across the city in recent years. Without further action the drugs problem will only worsen.”

"The phone line was another resource for tackling drug abuse that will now be absent. While we all understand the financial pressure facing the country, the cost of this service is small compared to the potential benefits it offered communities and Gardai in their efforts to combat drug dealing. We simply cannot allow the fight against drugs to be hindered in this way. The stakes are too high."

For further information or comment contact Jonathan O’Brien TD @ 086-0274142 or Cllr Mick Nugent @ 087-6755793

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