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Irish determination on drugs

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.190a (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:190

The European Union ritually proclaims its determination to tackle illegal drugs and their tragic consequences. But when ranked alongside its other major challenges of reducing unemployment, introducing a single currency, and nurturing peace in former Yugoslavia, the fight against drugs has never been among its top priorities.

That now looks set to change. Last autumn the Irish government announced that the two major tasks of its six month presidency would be the creation of jobs and a concerted campaign against drugs. That commitment became even stronger last month, when an investigative journalist was murdered in broad daylight in Dublin. Veronica Guerin had established her reputation writing about Irish organised crime and the drugs trade. Her death was the first time these illegal activities had led directly to the …

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