Cork shopper horrified by open drug use in city centre

Cork shopper horrified by open drug use in city centre
A doorway on Cork's Grafton Street littered with drug paraphernalia.

A CORK woman who saw heroin litter on the street and witnessed a drug deal in broad daylight just minutes later says drugs are now a huge problem in the city.

The woman was walking through the city centre in recent days when she came across three syringes on Grafton Street, linking Oliver Plunkett Street to the top of the South Mall.

The needle bin installed on Cork's Grafton Street.
The needle bin installed on Cork's Grafton Street.

She also came across citric wipes and other drug litter.

She said: "There is an epidemic of heroin in the city at the moment."

But she added that there is also an issue with other drugs, including prescription tablets. She said within a short distance of the heroin litter, she was horrified to see two people conducting a drugs deal in broad daylight.

In recent weeks, there were two incidents where children found syringes – one in Togher and one on Grattan Street.

Discarded needles on Cork's Grafton Street despite the presence of a needle bin nearby.
Discarded needles on Cork's Grafton Street despite the presence of a needle bin nearby.

And in another recent incident, a child found two wraps of heroin on a footpath in a Knocknaheeny housing estate.

In recent weeks, Ballincollig mother Carmel Kidney spoke out about the loss of her three sons to heroin in the hope of preventing other families being hit with the devastation of heroin-related deaths.

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