Half of Irish people believe drug-using loved ones should not be prosecuted

Half of Irish people do not think a loved one should be arrested or prosecuted for possessing or using drugs, according to a survey.

A quarter of respondents said their loved one should be arrested and prosecuted while the remaining quarter did not know how society should respond.

But six out of ten people surveyed backed the conviction and sentencing of a loved one who turned to crime to support their drug use.

The findings show that eight out of 10 people support a health intervention when it comes to dealing with use of drugs by someone close to them.


Source: Irish Examiner, February 25th 2019