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Tallaght close to a crack epidemic

Smoking crack.jpg
Smoking crack.jpg

TALLAGHT is close to experiencing a crack “epidemic”, with children as young as 13 smoking the drug that brought misery to the streets of New York in the 1980s.

Crack, the crystal form of cocaine, is between 75pc and 100pc pure and far stronger and more potent than regular cocaine, as it is inhaled and travels swiftly to the brain.

For as little as €20, a hit can last around 10 to 20 minutes. Such is the intensity of the high that many users take to crime to feed their habit.

Liam Collins, co-ordinator of the Fettercairn Drug Rehabilitation Project, said: “Our main problem is crack cocaine. It’s bordering on an epidemic in Tallaght.

“It’s a poorer man’s drug, and lads and girls in this area are using it as frequently as other people would take a drink. Some who use it are as young as 13 and they go up to 40.”