Empowering Communities
the Fight against Drugs

The drugs crisis is now one of the major challenges facing Irish society. Radical action is necessary to fight the spread of drugs addiction, overdoses, anti-social crime, associated high rates of imprisonment and an increase in HIV and AIDS related illnesses and deaths. The scale of the drugs problem today is a direct result of the failure to introduce the measures necessary to tackle the problem.

Sinn Fein has a track record of campaigning against drug abuse. In October 1996 Sinn Fein launched a comprehensive set of recommendations to tackle the drugs problem. Although some of these proposals were implemented by the government much more needs to be done.