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'Time city woke up to its growing drugs problem'-says Moor candidate
10 Apr 2019
Independent Nationalist candidate for the Moor, Emmet Doyle has said that it is time that the City woke up to its growing drug problems in the community.
"It is far from a secret that hard drugs are on our streets and are being taken recreationally on an increasing basis. Cocaine is now easily accessible in the City and heroin has now taken hold in some areas. There is an onus on the police in particular to tackle this scourge and for the funding allocated on the basis of community safety to be allocated with a focus on targeting drug awareness at a young age.
"I have been left scratching my head in recent times seeing where some of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership funding grants are being allocated and I would question the effectiveness of the impact funding is having on the ground.
"I want to see at least 10% of the funding the PSCP can allocate to be ring-fenced for drug awareness programmes for young people. We have a drug problem in the City and it's time we talked about it. We need to tackle the issue as early as possible and bolster the organisations in the city that are experts in their field and have a proven record of education and intervention," he said.
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