School kids as young as 11 using drugs daily

by Ian Begley
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Children as young as 11 in the Dublin 15 area are smoking cannabis on a daily basis and even during school time according to a new report.
The study by the Blanchardstown Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force revealed an increase in the use of a range of drugs including cannabis, benzodiazepines, crack cocaine and over-the-counter drugs in the Blanchardstown area.
Alcohol was the most commonly used drug, followed by cannabis with some young males using the drug on a daily basis before and during school.
Cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine were the next most commonly used drugs, with benzodiazepines and z drugs used to a lesser extent.
The report stated that ecstasy has made a “comeback” in terms of popularity and ketamine has become increasingly popular in the last 12 months.
All participants used in the study reported that drugs were very accessible in Dublin 15.
The increase in the availability and use of crack cocaine was also attributed to the ability to source it in the area.
The main method for obtaining drugs is through local dealers.
The internet was also reported to be used and some young people used Facebook to buy and sell drugs.
Dublin West TD Jack Chambers (FF) has called for immediate action to address the escalating drugs crisis in the Dublin 15 area including the provision of well-resourced treatment services and proper programmes to educate young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
He said: “The findings paint an extremely worrying picture of drug taking in the Dublin West area, particularly among young people.
“The report reveals that school going children are smoking cannabis on a daily basis and even during school.
“The health consequences of this can be very damaging but equally people of such an age are too young to appreciate the mental and emotional impact of what they are doing.
“One of the most worrying aspects off the report is the normalisation of drug taking among peer groups, and even within families where older siblings and even parents are introducing young people to different drugs.
“If young people are to succeed in life, they must be given every opportunity to grow and develop in a safe and productive environment.
“The need for properly-resourced treatment services is abundantly clear from this study. There is a shortage of psychiatric services to assist and help those trying to overcome addiction.
“It is important to remember also the link between drug addiction and mental health problems and depression which underlines the need for such services.
“Local family support services also need to be improved to help minors affected by familial substance abuse.
“Rehabilitation services in the form of education and training should also be prioritised.
“It is totally unacceptable that a lack of funding has resulted in a barrier to such courses. Without clear pathways to work and employment, problems around drugs will fester.”

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