Cuts to Kildare Addiction Services will cause future problems
Press Release | 25 September 2014
Independent TD Catherine Murphy has raised grave concerns regarding the slashing of addiction services in the Kildare area.
Recently the services have been cut from four counsellors and very soon it will be reduced to just one, for Leixlip, Celbridge, Maynooth and Kilcock. This is a reduction that Ms. Murphy says will have ‘dire’ consequences for Kildare in the immediate and the long term.
“This is the ultimate example of a short-term response to a long-term problem. Clearly, when a client engages in a counselling service, a certain level of trust and confidence has to be built up and by reducing that service you leave a lot of people in a very vulnerable position.”
“If we are to help people maintain or resume their role as a functioning member of society following a difficult period in their life, then we need to provide services such as those that have just reduced. Ireland has the third highest level of overdose rates per capita in Europe with an average of one person dying here every day. How, in that context, can it be justifiable to reduce such services?”
“This is another example of services being provided based on who has retired rather than what’s actually needed. Things can’t all be about balance sheets. Decisions like the one to reduce these services will potentially cost lives and in the long-term there will be both a financial and a social cost to such decisions.”