COCAINE DEATHS HIT RECORD HIGH.
Byline: By DECLAN FERRY
FATAL cocaine cocaine (kōkān`, kō`kān), alkaloid drug derived from the leaves of the coca shrub. A commonly abused illegal drug, cocaine has limited medical uses, most often in surgical applications that take advantage of the fact that, in overdoses reached record levels last year with even more deaths expected this year.
There were 10 fatalities from the killer drug in 2005 but experts fear the death toll for 2006 will be far higher as consumption soars.
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An Irish political and cultural society founded about 1905 to promote political and economic independence from England, unification of Ireland, and a renewal of Irish culture. TD Aengus O Snodaigh said: "It's a crisis. Nobody has recognised the extent of the problem."
While official figures recorded two deaths until March this year there have been six fatal overdoses since then.
Last month four people lost their lives during a single weekend from taking cocaine.
Two men were found dead in Blanchardstown, West Dublin, and a third man died in Co Cork.
A fourth victim was also found in Co Kildare. The tragedies are a relatively new to Ireland as between 1991 and 1996 there were no cocaine deaths.
The number of fatalities could pile more pressure on the Government to tackle drugs barons.
Along with the overdose overdose /over·dose/ (o´ver-dos?)
1. to administer an excessive dose.
2. an excessive dose.
An excessive dose, especially of a narcotic. deaths there have also been an increasing number of gangland murders - which have now become an almost daily occurrence.
Last Thursday father-of-three Paul Reay became the latest victim when he was shot dead in Drogheda, Co Louth.email@example.com