Budget must not affect war on drugs - Blake

Anti-drugs campaigner PJ Blake has warned that there must not be any cuts in the Budge which affect the war on drugs. He was reacting to what he described as the rumours that the specialist drugs unit in Donegal would fall foul of cuts to garda resources.

Anti-drugs campaigner PJ Blake has warned that there must not be any cuts in the Budge which affect the war on drugs. He was reacting to what he described as the rumours that the specialist drugs unit in Donegal would fall foul of cuts to garda resources.

“This must not happen. Only this week we’ve read of another drugs related death in Donegal, that’s around 15, but if cuts are imposed there will be a lot more. We have major problems here, heroin is now available and being pushed yet some figures in authority tell us there’s no drugs problem at all. I wonder if they were eating the same ‘cakes’ the chap before Ballyshannon court last Friday was accused of baking - I wouldn’t be surprised!”

He added gardaí on the ground could see the dangers and were doing their best within limited resources but what price could you put on safeguarding your local community, he said.

“We can’t put a price on keeping our young people away from drugs. There may be a recession on but drug pushers have adapted and now with more and more heroin coming into Donegal I fear for the worst. Pressure should be brought to bear on the government’s TDs and Senator in this county to do all they can to make sure we don’t endure the cuts that will damage our society.”

The Letterkenny man added rural communities should be in no doubt that the problem is on their doorstep too.

“I’ve heard people say you only get drugs in Letterkenny, that is rubbish. You can get them on every street corner in every town and village in Donegal and to think otherwise is living in cloud cuckoo land,” he said.