Urgent need to update the Misuse of Drugs Act to tackle new dangerous drugs – Noone

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) called for the Misuse of Drugs Act to be updated urgently, in order to empower Gardaí to quash new drugs which are currently emerging on the market.

“It’s quite clear that new synthetic drugs are potentially very dangerous and, frankly, still a hugely unknown quantity.

“Last night RTÉs Prime Time programme, revealed how one such drug, ‘Clockwork Orange’, is being sold online and by street dealers. It also highlighted the possible dangers of the drug.

“I have already received assurances that the Misuse of Drugs Act will be updated in early 2016. However, I feel that this issue should now be addressed more urgently, as it is clear the Gardaí are powerless to pursue a prosecution for the sale and possession of these dangerous new drugs”.

Kathyann Barrett
Fine Gael Press Office
01 618 4041
086 1733100

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