A leading solicitor has called for action after one of his clients allegedly overdosed while in prison.
The young man, who is in his mid-twenties and from south Donegal, was recently sent to prison after being convicted of an assault.
His sister told the Democrat that prison staff phoned her last Tuesday evening to say he’d been brought to hospital late the previous evening.
“They said he’d ‘taken something’ but they didn’t know what,” she recalled.
She rang the hospital to check on him Wednesday morning to learn that he’d been brought to intensive care and put in an induced coma. As of 4pm on Wednesday, she was told that he is recovering but no family member had yet spoken with him.
His father and sister were due to visit him in hospital on Thursday.
Mr Dorrian says it’s time to act.“This is a very serious issue and it’s only a matter of time before someone dies.
“On arrival in many prisons, medicines such as methadone are stopped and there is no treatment programme, only limited access to psychiatric and medical care.
“Prisoners with addictions must be sent to places where they can get help around the clock.”